What is innovative about it?
Designed to facilitate shared decision-making: The ProstAid app could make it easier for patients to understand the options available to them showing the risks and side effects, and helping them make an informed decision. It is designed to create a personalized prognosis and shortlist of treatment options, so it could help patients choose the best treatment option for them without being overwhelmed.
"Studies show that shared decision-making improves quality of care: reducing elective treatments, improving patient-clinician communication, and reducing unwarranted variation in care, as it delivers care that is consistent with a patient's preferences."
Pavan Dadlani, Senior Scientist, Smart Professional Spaces, Philips Research
Envisioned to be a simple-to-use, web-based tool: the web-based app is aimed to be used in the doctor's office during the consults, or in the patient’s home. It is designed to present complex data about the options, outcomes and consequences of particular treatments using clear language, and it would illustrate this information using patient-friendly views.
“In providing information to patients, I would like to have an instrument that immediately tailors the information to the patient. Information that can be taken home in order to share with others, and an instrument that gives us feedback on how well the information is received by the patient."
Prof.Dr. Chris Bangma, professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands