All of us will be patients some day. What can we do to ensure that we get the best medical care when we fall ill? Information Therapy – the right information at the right time for the right person – can be powerful medicine because patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource . Information Therapy can help to heal a sick healthcare system – and everyone has an active role to play in making this a reality! Our book, Using Information Therapy to Put Patients First is now online at www.thebestmedicalcare.com ! Information Therapy helps patients save money on medical care by Promoting SelfCare and helping them to do as much for themselves as they can Helping them with Evidence-Based Guidelines , so that they can ask for the right medical treatment that they need – no more and no less Helping them with Veto Power, so they can say No to medical care they don’t need, thus preventing overtesting and unnecessary surgery . Our focus areas now are: Encouraging health insurance companies to invest in patient education Advocating information therapy – www.informationtherapy.in Setting up a national network of patient education centers Our goals for the future: Every hospital should have a patient education resource center Every doctor should have their own website !
Dr. Malpani is an IVF specialist. He owns the world's largest Free library called HELP ( Health Education Library for People). HELP was documented to be the world's largest Free library on consumer health information in the Limca book of records. The library was started in 1997 with a dream to make each and every individual in this country (India) aware of his rights and responsibilities as a patient, of ways people could reduce the burden of health care expenses by planning and educating themselves "before" a serious medical problem could strike their family, and how doctors and patients could join hands to achieve health for all. He has authored several books on health care which includes 'How to get the best medical care' and 'Patient advocacy - giving voice to patients'. He is proud to call himself as a patient advicate and he prescribes 'information therapy' to all his patients. He also has a blog(www.blog.drmalpani.com)where he writes several articles about IVF and the importance of patient education. — Manju