The Breast Advocate® App is the first shared decision-making app for breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. Breast Advocate® educates patients in a comprehensive and personalized way about ALL their breast cancer surgery and reconstruction options, provides access to the latest studies and expert opinions, and provides users much-needed support via it’s active community. Regardless of the patient’s diagnosis and situation, Breast Advocate® provides all the information and tools that patients need to take a more active role in their consultations and participate fully in the decisions about their treatment.
At Toliman, we use the same proven technology behind Breast Advocate® to power all our apps. Using our fully customizable framework “under the hood” will save you many thousands of dollars in development costs. All you need to focus on is how you want your new app to look, and the content you want to include. We will tailor your app to your needs, specialty and branding, to facilitate both meaningful patient participation in the treatment decision-making process, and compliance with your regulatory requirements.
We can also create your own unique version of the Breast Advocate® App for your breast practice, breast center, academic institution, or patient advocacy organization… the same great concept, branded for you, and further customized with your own content. Please contact us for more information.
Best Apps for Managing Your Breast Cancer
Your phone is loaded with apps for finding the nearest gas station, keeping tabs on your kid’s soccer schedule, and locating an Uber to the airport. But should you trust an app to manage your breast cancer? Short answer: Yes. Downloading one can help you organize your breast cancer treatment and ease the stress that accompanies diagnosis, according to a study at the University of Amsterdam, something that your doctor should support. “Your doctor should be positive about you taking the initiative with your health,” says lead author Chiara Jongerius. The big question: Which app to use?Read More
Why Value-Based Care Must Include Shared Decision-Making
Shared decision-making is a key patient engagement strategy, but not yet widespread. Healthcare professionals say integrating the practice into value-based care could spark adoption.
Shared decision-making, or the practice of an informed patient participating in treatment decisions alongside her clinicians, may seem like a natural patient engagement strategy. After all, shared decision-making integrates the patient into the healthcare process and gives the patient more claim in her wellness journey.
But despite proven clinical efficacy, shared decision-making isn’t entirely widespread across the healthcare industry, says Peter Goldbach, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Rite Aid’s RediClinic and Health Dialog…Read More
3 REASONS WHY SHARED DECISION-MAKING MATTERS
Access to health information on the internet and social media is transforming the patient’s role in healthcare. Patients are more involved in making healthcare decisions than ever before.
When physicians and patients work together to make treatment decisions, patients are more likely to be satisfied with their care. This exchange is referred to as shared decision-making. The approach aligns evidence-based information and the physician’s knowledge and experience with the patient’s values and personal preferences.
Clinicians can benefit from adopting shared decision-making in their practice for several reasons…Read More
The Consumer Benefits of Patient Shared Decision Making
From patient-centered medical homes to consumer-directed health plans, changes in the delivery, financing and organization of healthcare are increasingly touted as consumer- or patient-centered. Still, today’s health system is far from reflecting consumers’ true needs and preferences.1
Patient shared decision making (PSDM) is a technique to incorporate patients’ needs and preferences into their individual treatment plans. PSDM goes beyond traditional informed consent in healthcare—it is an interpersonal, interdependent process in which healthcare providers and patients collaborate to make decisions about the care that patients receive. Shared decision making not only reflects medical evidence and providers’ clinical expertise, but also the unique preferences and values of patients and their families…Read More
Shared Decision Making Benefits Patients and Providers
There is little question that shared decision making (SDM) benefits patients and providers alike. According to the Society of Decision Professionals, the group that hosts the annual Shared Decision Making Summit, shared decision making is built on three pillars:
- Patients. In the SDM model, patients are vital partners in their own healthcare decisions.
- Providers. Moving toward SDM means “shifting the mindset” of providers so they are open to considering a patient’s values and preferences, including cultural, religious, or otherwise, when making treatment decisions.
- Data. SDM relies on both patients and providers having access to the right education and data at the right times along the care continuum so patients are fully empowered.
Transform Your School with Collaborative Decision Making
“Schools should continuously be striving to improve. Every school should have this as a central theme in their mission statement. Schools that are either stagnant or complacent are doing the students and communities that they serve a major disservice. If you are not progressing, you will ultimately fall behind and fail. Education, in general, is very progressive and trendy, sometimes to a fault, but you must always be seeking out something bigger and better.”Read More