Since the beginning of 2016 we have been working on a new information project at Infomed-Verlag:
With the help of "infosheets" (hard- and soft-copy drug information sheets), patients who receive prescription medications will be provided with easy-to-understand information about their Rx.
The following is a more detailed look at this project.
To communicate accurate information about any drug therapy is time consuming. It is often difficult to find terminology that is easily understood by patients. The package inserts contain too much information and they particularly difficult to understand for non native speakers.
Our new service is designed to reduce communication barriers that may exist when prescribing and dispensing medicines:
With plain language that all patients can understand
By taking into consideration the education level of the general public
Through a tool that is fast and simple
By addressing the uncertainties and fears of patients
Our objective is to:
Have a one-page information sheet for each drug
Have each sheet available in approximately ten languages and thus reach the majority of the population in Western Europe
Create a practical online solution that will allow easy access to these infosheets
Create sheets that one can take home or print anywhere.
This new service has the following added value for health professionals and patients:
Communication becomes better and more efficient
The treated patient feels better cared for and better informed
It is a safer assumption that people understand what the drug is all about
No one has to memorize anything -- the most important information about the drug is on the sheet
In addition, here are some additional considerations regarding the offer and its use:
The service is a complement, not a replacement, to the consultation given by the doctor or the pharmacist and it is also a complement to the official package inserts
Each infosheet will be for one drug and it will fit on one A4 sheet of paper.
The content structure will be simple and the language will be easily understood.
Proven methodologies of user-centered design will be employed for product development:
Prospective subscribers (physicians/pharmacists) are involved in product development
Beta versions are tested in practice (pilot project)
The following product features are planned (and have already been validated in surveys and in an initial pilot test):
Include only information that is relevant to patients
Write simple and comprehensible text to communicate the information
Design a standard and easy-to-understand layout
Make all information sheets available in about ten languages
Develop a system through which infosheets can be delivered simply and reliably
Maintain information sheets for 200 active substances
The following are the next steps in the project:
The solution is to be developed in 2-3 expansion stages
The next milestones are the editing of the information sheets, the development of the online platform and the translations.
The launch of the first subscription is scheduled for mid-2017
The plan is to offer the service as an annual subscription, in a similar price range as other Infomed products.
It has become clear that the successful realization of this project requires more time and money than a not-for-profit publishing company can carry. We would therefore like to ask you to make a contribution to this project. Even a contribution in the order of CHF 20-50 would be very helpful.
We appreciate your contribution very much, please use the following account when donating:
CH-9500 Wil SG Switzerland
IBAN-Nr: CH23 0900 0000 9000 0036 1
We accept online donations : For further information on the project, please contact Lukas Gysling (project manager). Please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org