Popular visual communication app now also available to European doctors

Popular visual communication app now also available to European doctors, by Rob Koenraads

A picture is worth a thousand words. American doctors have brought this concept into the doctor’s office: they developed an app to explain complicated medical information to patients in a simple and visual way. This app, DrawMD, is now coming to Europe.

DrawMD was developed by physicians based on their own experiences. With the app, they can explain complex information, for instance about an operation, in a simple and clear way. The doctor opens the app, chooses a template and can personalise this drawing with several sketching and text tools. The end result can be printed or e-mailed to the patient, thereby improving the communication between patient and doctor. 

And the app works, explains dr. Anthony Corcoran, attending physician at the Winthrop Univeristy Hospital, Long Island, New York and assistant professor of urology at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. “I use drawMD during every clinic. Cancer patients are nervous and it can be difficult to follow a detailed discussion about anatomy they have never seen. With drawMD, the discussion is accompanied by illustrations that allow the patient to comprehend exactly what the surgery entails. The drawings are simple to create so I make them in front of the patient. I have found that patients and family members love the application.”

Following the success in the United States, DrawMD is now released in Europe. Medix Publishers initiated a partnership with Visible Health, the American developers of DrawMD, to bring the app to European healthcare professionals. 

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