Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Vivacare, a provider of patient education services, is offering a new service to help physicians and medical professionals educate their patients about heart disease and treatment options. The Heart Health Education Kit provides patient education handouts, videos and other educational references that can be displayed on the doctor's website. This delivers heart health information to patients from the source they trust most, their own doctor.
Physicians enroll online to create a free Vivacare account and access patient education resources regarding atrial fibrillation, congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, high cholesterol, hypertension, stroke and other cardiology topics. Vivacare makes it easy to display this content on the doctor's own website, quickly transforming the website into a convenient and in-depth resource about heart disease. Doctors can then start telling their patients…"go to my website to learn more about your condition and treatment".
Logging into their Vivacare account, doctors can easily add or remove titles from display so that the information reflects their medical subspecialty. They can also publish their own patient handouts online and share their professional approach to care.
Dr. Purushotham Kotha, M.D, FACC, a cardiologist in La Mesa, CA displays the Vivacare patient education content on his practice website to provide patients with access to information about anticoagulants, anti-hypertensives, statins and other treatment options. He has also used Vivacare to publish his medical expert opinion online regarding cholesterol level test results. "I am very impressed with the range and depth of the content and think its a tremendous resource for my patients," said Dr. Kotha. "I recommend the Vivacare service to all of my colleagues."
Physicians that display heart health resources on their websites receive a Heart Health Education Poster for use in their exam rooms. The posters include the practice website address (URL) and a QR code that directs patients with smartphones to the doctor’s website to learn more about their cardiovascular condition.
The heart health information includes videos, such as "Living with and Managing Coronary Artery Disease" and "Heart Attack Warning Symptoms", and links to Spanish-language resources. The content also provides links to patient-oriented references from reputable organizations, such as the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
“Physicians remain the most trusted source of health information, but their daily demands make it difficult to provide all the information their patients need to effectively understand and manage their condition”, said Dr. Mark Becker, pediatrician and founder of Vivacare. “Vivacare makes it easy for physicians to offer their patients with practical and up-to-date information that improves clinical care, patient satisfaction and medication adherence."
Nearly 10,000 medical professionals have enrolled for Vivacare’s free patient education services. Physicians praise Vivacare as a benefit for their patients and practices. A previous Vivacare physician survey showed that over 90% appreciate the patient education service. More than 95% of respondents stated that Vivacare improves clinical care, patient satisfaction, and medication adherence.
Vivacare partners with medical organizations that support the physician-patient relationship, such professional organizations, patient advocacy groups, and pharmaceutical firms. These groups have the opportunity to distribute the service to physicians and deliver their own educational content through the Vivacare network. For example, Vivacare has partnered with the National Eczema Association to create an Eczema Education Kit for use on dermatologists’ websites that includes content published by the Association. Vivacare does not deliver product advertisements to patients.
Vivacare is a physician-founded patient education company based in Berkeley, CA. For more information about Vivacare, visit the Vivacare website. Contact Dr. Mark Becker at (510) 848-8192, or send email to partnership (at) vivacare (dot) com.
Mark Becker, M.D.