MADISON, Wis., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Despite a recent law signed by President Bush, patient safety remains in jeopardy. Necessary information about treatments and procedures is still unavailable to average citizens. Now patients can buy a collaborative experience report from HealthLat (www.healthlat.com) to make truly informed medical decisions.
Current health care systems cannot effectively monitor patient safety. Lacking incentives, shareholders are reluctant to share their data. This is one major reason why risks from drugs such as Vioxx go undetected for years. HeathLat has none of these barriers. It gathers over 10,000 types of health information directly from patients using the Internet and shares its report revenue with participating users.
Healthcare providers and drug companies tend to market benefits while the individuals proclaim the negative aspects. By using a credit system HealthLat encourages patients to share positive, neutral, or negative medical experiences with others. Now patients can learn all sides of the treatments they are having or planning to begin.
Patients often have little control in healthcare and are the lowest in line for information. Even after the new patient safety law is in place, there will still be a 1-2 year delay for information. HealthLat reports are accessible to patients anytime and are constantly being updated by participants.
Health-care forums, support groups, and social networking websites are popular for patients to share their individual treatment experiences. Information shared however is often uncategorized and difficult to understand. HealthLat enhances and streamlines the collaboration among patients. Reports use templates created from clinical guidelines to gather and organize experience information and are personalized in a simple format.
“We are meeting consumers’ needs for more and better information. Also, 50% of each dollar you spend buying the report goes back to users who contributed information,” says Johnson Chen, a HealthLat founder and former healthcare Senior in Deloitte Consulting. “And they can use the earnings to offset their own healthcare costs.”
HealthLat is a pioneer and leader in collaborative consumer driven health care. The company is devoted to bringing consumers the full spectrum of information they need to make educated medical decisions as well as lowering their healthcare costs. To find out more, please visit www.healthlat.com.
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Source: HealthLat LLC