As one of the founding board members for the Hormone Foundation — now called the Hormone Health Network — it was exciting developing a new area for the Endocrine Society that would focus on patients’ educational needs. Now, almost 20 years later, the growth and extensive portfolio of educational resources and activities that have been developed are impressive.
In today’s healthcare system, technology has become a primary focus. The Hormone Health Network has two programmatic initiatives currently in development that will allow the Society to provide information to patients and their families, helping them to assess and understand endocrine-related treatment options.
Last year, the Hormone Health Network received approval from the Council to develop an interactive computer program, Journey through the Endocrine System (JTTES,) that will tell a comprehensive story of the endocrine system and its related conditions. Why did the Council decide to invest in a tool like this? Today patients and the public benefit from many forms of education and with a tool like the JTTES we can provide patients with knowledge that enables them to understand endocrine-related disorders in order to make important decisions about their health. Additionally, this tool will provide members with patient education resources they can use in their practice. The Society now has a tool that can be integrated into existing products to expand our global impact.
I’m excited to share that the first phase of JTTES, an integrated 3D animation of the endocrine system, is now available to tour at hormone.org. There will also be a mobile application for healthcare providers launching at ENDO 2016.
This November, the Network will be adding a new e-learning course to its portfolio, D.A.I.L.Y. (Diabetes Awareness Information for Loved Ones and You) for individuals with type 2 diabetes and their caregivers. This course is being created through a sponsorship from BI Lilly Diabetes Alliance and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The main goal of this course is to provide a way for people with type 2 diabetes to improve their knowledge, skills, and confidence, enabling them to take increasing control of their own condition and integrate effective self-management into their daily lives. Providers will have the option to enroll their patients in this program.
The Hormone Health Network has come a long way since its inception, and is shifting its strategy to expand beyond offering 100+ bi-lingual fact sheets and patient guides. It is looking at new, creative, and innovative opportunities to increase engagement. As members of the Society, we have access to the educational tools produced by the Hormone Health Network which are thoroughly vetted by our members who are experts in each area. Please be sure to take advantage of these great new tools and existing resources.
The Hormone Health Network staff would love to receive feedback from you on the current product portfolio. They would also like to hear from you if there are particular resources or ideas you have for developing new patient-related tools and if you are interested in getting involved with Hormone Health Network activities. Please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.