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About VPIP

Virtual Patient in Practice (VPIP) is a highly interactive medical education tool that powers self-directed learning and transforms live events into genuinely interactive experiences! And it's easy to use - on any device or browser.

Healthcare professionals – have you ever wanted to know how your approach to different consultation scenarios compares to that of your peers or current guidelines?
Have you ever wondered what you took away from an educational program – whether it actually improved your understanding, or influenced your clinical decision-making?

Educators – how do you measure the impact of your education?

How do you tailor your content to the people you’re educating? How do you know whether your objectives were met?

And doesn’t everyone want a more genuinely interactive experience at live events?

Virtual Patients are fictional. Each presentation allows healthcare professionals to navigate through a consultation designed to highlight their approach to a range of activities including patient interaction, differential diagnosis, referral pathways, treatment, and ongoing management.

The scope of each consultation can be tailored to meet a wide range of learning objectives – and it doesn’t require special software or specially-trained facilitators to implement.

For self-directed learning, a VPIP consultation provides real-time individualised feedback on activities undertaken and compares them to guidelines and peer results. Completing a second consultation in a set provides a measure of whether the approach has changed, and how, as a result of feedback or an educational intervention - great for self-assessment or pre-disposing and reinforcing activities.

For live meetings, VPIP generates real-time reporting on the audience’s activities – creating a bespoke experience in which a speaker is able to lead a real-time case-based discussion, and zero in on what’s most relevant to the people in the room.

VPIP is designed to help healthcare professionals assimilate new developments into practice and facilitate clinical improvement.

VPIP is also a powerful tool for educators who want to measure the impact of their education and tailor content to the needs of the people they’re educating.

To receive updates about new VPIP programs, sign up now!

If you’re interested in a live demonstration, contact us on vpip@nof1solutions.com.au or call us on (02) 4258 3595.

Latest News

VPIP Diabetes is in development!

The next virtual patient to enter the waiting room will be a sponsored activity aimed at General Practitioners with an interest in diabetes management. Register now to receive an update when the patient arrives for a consultation!

HEPATITIS C WORKING GROUP

We are convening a working group to develop an education series on HCV to help increase screening and confidence with initiating treatment in primary care.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

In 2016, the introduction of interferon‐free direct acting antivirals (DAAs) drew the eradication of hepatitis C to within reach. As expected, there was a dramatic increase in the number of people undergoing treatment following their introduction in Australia – however uptake more than halved within the first 12 months following universal access.1

Treatment access is only the first step to hepatitis C elimination1,2
According to Doyle J, at al. (March 2019), maintaining high levels of hepatitis C testing is required to ensure sufficient new cases are detected and linked to care.1 However, there is a disconnect between what is needed and what is being implemented.

A retrospective review by an Australian pathology provider found the average age of a first positive HCV Ab test is 40 years with a male predominance; but pursuant to guidelines, the only current population HCV Ab screening is pregnant females.2 While it is estimated that 70‐85% of people with hepatitis C infection in Australia have been tested for HCV Ab in the past – there is a substantial decline in the HCV RNA testing to confirm chronic infection (~45%‐50% of those living with chronic HCV).1,2

General practitioners (GPs) are the lynchpin to achieving eradication
General practice accounts for nearly a quarter of all HCV treatment prescriptions - this proportion continues to increase even as specialist prescribing has halved and continues to decline.1 However, of the >36,000 registered GPs in Australia (~25,000 FTE), less than half have issued a DAA prescription.1,3 This means the majority of GPs have limited or no experience prescribing DAAs for the treatment of hepatitis C. Thus, there remains work to be done to not only improve screening, but to attain a high level of confidence with prescribing the simplified regimens offered by pan-genotypic treatments to ensure patients are not lost to follow up.

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The Virtual Patient in Practice (VPIP) HCV GP education program will be designed to help increase HCV screening and treatment in primary care. The program will promote and facilitate experience with implementing key steps that are easily assimilated into practice. If you’re interested in participating, sign up now to receive updates!

References: 1. Doyle JS, Scott N, Sacks‐Davis R, Pedrana AE, Thompson AJ, Hellard ME, on behalf of the Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership. Treatment access is only the first step to hepatitis C elimination: experience of universal anti‐viral treatment access in Australia. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2019;49:1223‐12291. 2. McBride G. Hepatitis C: Time to Act (2018) 3. ABS. GP Workforce Statistics, 2017-2018.

Wearable technology in practice – the promise vs the pitfalls

Every useful innovation is designed to solve a problem, but with success comes a host of new problems (intended and otherwise) to be tackled - this is the beating heart of progress, and so it is with wearable and mobile technology.

Individuals now have the opportunity to track/measure/report on a host of personal health data through wristbands or mobile phones and the implications for patient-empowerment and self-management is not insignificant, but what can/should be collected? How is it collected? How is this information shared with the healthcare team? And how is it stored and actioned?

While healthcare providers are already accustomed to using wearable and mobile technology for tracking discrete measurements of specific symptoms or conditions, such as blood pressure monitoring, heart function, and blood glucose measurements – the idea of incorporating this technology into the holistic management of overall patient health is still a work in progress. This can, at least in part, be attributed to lack of integration.

Where to start?
As one GP we spoke with recently noted – ‘any data a patient collects they either present to me during a consult or it’s sent to me by email. It’s up to me to manually enter what’s relevant into their records’. In a perfect world, the data could be uploaded into the MHR – transforming this platform into a data source that is truly owned and engaged with by patients. Integration with existing practice software would also be a good start. But without an integrated solution in sight – the next best thing is to empower healthcare professionals with information on available devices, including mobile phones, and how they can be used to track a range of metrics - so they can decide on when / if to incorporate them into the care of their patients.

We are incorporating wearable and mobile data into our programs, and we will also be hosting live meetings for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about wearable and mobile health technology. If you’re interested in participating or receiving updates, sign up now!

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