The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announces that it launched the PatientAider app for iPhone and Android users. Now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, PatientAider is designed to cut through confusing medical jargon to provide plain-English explanations of medical terms, protocols, and risks that hospital patients may encounter. The unique, easy-to-use app was designed by Mari Miceli, a registered nurse, and developed by John McConnell. Miceli generously donated PatientAider to the PSMF.
A valuable source of medical information, PatientAider offers clinically curated content to help patients and their loved ones navigate their hospital care.
PatientAider app features include:
- Strategies for communication with nurses and doctors
- Information about common medical errors made in hospitals
- Helpful videos from clinical experts
- Links to dive more deeply into each topic
- Stress-reduction techniques
“We are excited to launch the PatientAider app and hope it will empower patients with its easily accessible format,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “On behalf of the Patient Safety Movement, I would like to thank Mari Miceli and John McConnell for their innovative thinking and generosity in enabling us to place this important resource in the hands of patients and their advocates. It’s with the generosity of volunteers like Mari and John, that we have been able to make so much progress towards our goal of zero preventable hospital deaths by 2020.”
“I only wish PatientAider had been around when I was visiting provider after provider three and a half years ago, fighting for my life,” said Victoria Baskett, a patient advocate and founder of Victoria Baskett Patient Safety Foundation. “This innovation will be the breakthrough that many patients and advocates need when wondering what is the first or next question to ask, or where to turn for help and information.”
“As a clinician, I have seen patients struggle to understand the complex world of healthcare,” said hospital administrator Gwen Cox. “PatientAider is a simple, yet powerful tool that patients, families, and their advocates can use to educate themselves about patient safety and to use that knowledge to become an active participant in their care.”
“The patient is the most valuable member of any healthcare team. Patient participation is key, and it is often limited by a person’s understanding of their diagnosis and plan of care,” said patient advocate Misti Baskett. “The PatientAider app facilitates knowledge and assists the patient and provider in sharing the same goals in their treatment plan to improve patient outcomes. With the app, patients can prepare the questions they need to ask their doctors prior to their appointment time. It is my hope that PatientAider becomes an indispensable household tool that educates everyone on the importance of patient participation.”