Helping patients better understand the causality of disease and how their treatment protocol will prevent its progression. Many patients that fail to adhere often simply don’t understand what to do, or how their medication changes their condition. Patient education is our passion. Helping patients better understand their condition is the most important thing we do at Biologic Animation. Here are a few examples of our work.
Hemophilia Joint Visualization Tool
With this tool, doctors help patients see the negative impact of nonadherence to a prophylaxis regimen can have on their joints. Use the rotating, digital knee and ankle to show patients of any age how important parts of the joint, like soft tissue and bone, can change over time.
Global Platform for Hemophilia Patient Education
The HJV tool was so well received, markets outside the UK began to gain interest in the tool. It was adopted by multiple countries, codified for use within different healthcare organizations, and translated into multiple languages. What became so interesting about that translation process was the different classifications for disease different countries required. Disease progression in third world countries was far greater than first world countries. Therefore classification of “Stage 3” for Europe was very different than Asia and therefore required a robust methodology to differentiate minute details of deterioration.
Preventing Joint Deterioration in the Next Generation of Patients
As medical educators and healthcare providers, we now know the most effective way to prevent the long-term progression of chronic diseases is to work with children diagnosed to help them adopt effective self-management practices. In the case of hemophilia, we now the best method is to communicate how their life is impacted by the joint disease. The loss of mobility dramatically impacts the life of a person living with hemophilia. That can be difficult for patients to imagine when they feel good and have normal mobility.
Using computers in office visits, physicians allow the children patients to explore different joints with an interactive tool to rotate and explore different stages of deterioration. When doctors try and relay how chronic bleed will prevent mobility, they load animation modules demonstrating a decrease in range of motion. Using this visualization, doctors can then personalize that mobility issue discuss the importance of adherence so they can continue running or playing with friends and family.
Glycated Hemoglobin A1c Teaching Models
This interactive protein model of Hemoglobin A1c was created to explain the very confusing HbA1c diabetes blood test. This blood test determines how much damage sugar has caused in the body due to prolonged exposure to elevated blood glucose levels. If patients are unaware that high blood glucose causes permanent damage to the body, they have little motivation to make changes.
The “A1c” Blood Test
The Glycated Hemoglobin HbA1C blood test, or more commonly known as the “A1c” blood test, is an important test given to nearly every single person with diabetes on the planet and many of those at risk for developing diabetes. It is the universally preferred method of diagnosing the onset of pre-diabetes and the only blood test that does not require overnight fasting. Achieving improved A1C scores is an important milestone in lifestyle intervention programs focused on reversing pre-diabetes.
As important as this blood test is, the HbA1C blood test is systemically misunderstood by patients and confused with acute blood sugar readings. The Hemoglobin A1C protein model solves this problem by transforming a misunderstood blood test result into an interactive scientific model that patients of all ages can explore while waiting for physicians to begin an appointment.
Interactive Protein Models as Tool for Pediatric Patient Education
Shortly after completing the design and fabrication of the Hemoglobin A1c Teaching Model, we tested the effectiveness of using it to teach children living with type 1 and 2 diabetes about the HbA1c test, the importance of checking their blood glucose regularly, and how prolonged exposure to glucose causes high HbA1c scores. We contacted the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana to see if they’d like to try using our model during their yearly summer camp retreat.
Four age groups of children were introduced to the model during their discussion about the HbA1c test. The kid’s diabetes educator used the magnetized pieces of glucose (blue) to demonstrate how sugar binds to proteins. To represent increased HbA1c scores, the educator would attach more glucose pieces to the model. By demonstrating the action of protein glycation, she was able to relay complex information about the dangers of glucose while also reinforcing positive self-management practices like checking blood sugars regularly. After the class, the children were asked to answer a few questions about the A1c test and the information they learned while playing with the model. The results were more than fantastic. The diabetes educator reported that every single child took away new information about the test and the importance of good blood glucose control.
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