i-Human Patients and Reliance Foundation Bring World-Class Physician Training to India
Agreement will make available the i-Human Patients® virtual physician training platform throughout India with content drawn from top international medical institutions
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—September 9, 2014—i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP) has entered into a collaboration with Reliance Foundation to provide high-quality virtual medical training to students, instructors, and clinicians throughout India. Under the agreement, IHP will provide new simulated patient diagnosis case studies authored by top U.S. and Indian medical educators, which Reliance Foundation will make available on the i-Human Patients virtual case player to improve the quality of clinical care and diagnostic decision-making throughout India.
The i-Human Patients platform provides a complete virtual active learning experience that replicates the physician-patient diagnostic process. Like a flight simulator for health care students and experienced clinicians, it develops and reinforces the reasoning physicians use to diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions, promoting more accurate assessments and helping to reduce the astronomical number of misdiagnoses, which affect one in 20 adult outpatients in the U.S. Educators at 20 percent of all U.S. medical schools already subscribe to the platform or are currently developing case content on it in anticipation of future use.
As part of the partnership, peer-reviewed cases will be developed by a consortium of top medical schools under the direction of Dr. Scott Stern at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Stern is the author of “Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide,” the leading textbook on evidence-based clinical reasoning.
The Medical Council of India has announced a national goal of one doctor for every 1,000 people by 2031, up from one per 1,700 people in 2011, and of improving health care availability in rural India, where the doctor-to-population ratio can be as low as one for every 75,000 people. Doing so would require the training of more than a million additional doctors over the next 16 years. Simply adding more doctors, however, does not guarantee better care. Even in the U.S., where physicians are more accessible, misdiagnoses have harmful consequences for more than 6 million patients each year. .
Reliance Foundation aims to enhance access to quality health care in India.
Launched in November 2012, the i-Human Patients virtual physician diagnostic training program will allow Indian medical institutions to accelerate clinical competency development, objectively evaluate and document individual and group performance, and reinforce the practice of evidence-based medicine to improve patient outcomes.
“The i-Human platform is the most exciting advance in medical education that I’ve seen,” said Dr. Vinay Kumar, the Donald N. Pritzker Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago. “It has the power to change how faculty teach and how students learn. The result will be better-prepared doctors and improved patient care.”
Reliance Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 company and the largest private-sector company in India. The group has so far touched the lives of 4 million people across India through various initiatives in the areas of health care, education, livelihoods, etc..
About i-Human Patients, Inc.
i-Human Patients, Inc. develops virtual medical training products and services, including its flagship i-Human Patients® platform, launched in November 2012, which educators at 20 percent of U.S. medical schools are subscribing to or developing content on in anticipation of future use. Cloud-based and interactive, i-Human improves training outcomes and clinical protocol compliance for students, instructors, and practicing clinicians using active learning strategies and content developed by leading medical educators at more than 40 schools. i-Human Patients is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.
About Reliance Foundation
Reliance Foundation aims to play a catalytic role in addressing the nation’s development challenges through innovative and sustainable solutions with its focus on five core pillars: Rural Transformation, Education, Health, Urban Renewal, and Promotion and protection of India’s Arts, Culture and Heritage. Mrs. Nita M. Ambani is the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation and the guiding spirit behind the Foundation’s ambitious vision of becoming the leading vehicle for social development, empowering the underprivileged and infusing social transformation in India. Reliance Foundation reaches out to over 5,500 villages and various urban locations across India.
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