Author: PVI Staff

Deadline extended for 2016 Impact Awards: share your story by Nov. 11!

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It’s been said that the engineers of the future are poets. At PVI, we know that there is a rich wealth of powerful and life-changing information to be gleaned from patients’ collective experiences in healthcare. With this in mind, we’ve decided to extend our Impact Awards submission deadline by a week. Submissions will now be … Continued

Patient Safety Awareness Week Patient Advocate Profile: PVI’s Patty Skolnik

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. The theme for 2015 is United in Safety — that is, we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm. Enhanced communication begins … Continued

Patient Safety Champion: Patient Activist Helen Haskell

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by National Patient Safety Foundation. The theme for 2015 is United in Safety — that is, we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm. Enhanced communication begins with … Continued

United in Safety: Patient Activist Ilene Corina

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by National Patient Safety Foundation. The theme for 2015 is United in Safety — that is, we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm. Enhanced communication begins with … Continued

Peanut Butter and NyQuil Sandwiches: A Tale of A Drug Storage No-No

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By Emily Henry Here’s how I deal with my medicines: I throw them all into a box in the kitchen pantry next to the peanut butter and forget about them. The result is that if on a rare occasion I need a dose of NyQuil, I’ll pull out the crusty bottle and check the expiration date only … Continued

Why You Need a Passport in the Emergency Room

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By Pat Mastors, PVI President and Co-Founder Last week, I found myself heading to the hospital emergency room to meet up with my 83-year-old mother. She was being rushed there by ambulance after complaining of intense leg pain and heart palpitations. Within a reasonable time she was settled, stable and pain-free, with immediate danger seemingly … Continued

PVI Senior Advisor Dave DeBronkart (ePatient Dave) named 2015 Visiting Professor by the Mayo Clinic!

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We could not be more excited about this! The Mayo Clinic has named a patient as a visiting professor! This is a major milestone in patient-clinician partnership! Dave DeBronkart has the following to say about what this signifies: “The real question is, who is capable of bringing value to a medical situation.” “The Institute of … Continued

Keeping patients in the dark = REALLY. BAD. IDEA.

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PVI Advisory Group Member Casey Quinlan gives us her take on Dartmouth’s 2014 Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice Conference.  The following contains excerpts from “Keeping Patients in the Dark”, from her Patients for Clinical Research Blog. For the complete text, please click here.   I had the privilege of being awarded a seat at Dartmouth’s … Continued

Dazed and Confused: A Terrible Office Visit!

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Patient S. was feeling extremely agitated as she waited to see her new rheumatologist. She had just moved to a new town a few months ago, and her last office visit had been an emotional disaster. She had no idea if she was facing a serious health issue, or not. Several months ago, just a … Continued

Mysterious Missive from John Hopkins Leaves Patient Baffled!

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“What the heck do I do with this???” That was the patient’s reaction when she received this mysterious missive from John Hopkins Hospital. It was sent with no cover letter or other explanation. Who thought this would be useful communication?! Have you received mail from health care organization — doctor, hospital, health plan — that … Continued