New, because, I was already familiar with Louise, the virtual discharge advocate, who facilitates educational processes and gets great marks for patient satisfaction and addressing low health literacy levels. Patients who have been using Louise represent an older and minority population. But, Gabby is targeted at a younger population and she is a risk assessment tool for conception.
Gabby the Virtual Preconception Care Advocate
There is a disproportionate share of young women of demographic minority status and socioeconomic disadvantage with high rates of poor reproductive health and family planning outcomes in the US. Gabby, an avatar, is an online preconception risk assessment tool that engages young women at a sixth-grade reading level.
This type of social media tool doesn't replace physicians, nurses and other clinicians. Instead it facilitates:
women having the opportunity to hear the information multiple times in order to aid with comprehension
culturally relevant, familiar and viable delivery of a health risk assessment and interventions
the time of interaction and pace driven by participant
evidence-based, closed-loop communications
women preparing for appointments with their provider
reinforcement of information discussed during a clinical encounter
women preparing themselves for a pregnancy and knowing what actions they need to take to improve their health and reduce risks to their child
I know we will see more applications of avatars and virtual patient advocates and welcome anyone that has had an experience with one to leave a comment.