Monday, August 10, 2009

Psoriasis Expert Steve Feldman, M.D. Provides Patient Education Service to Patients.

Dermatologist, psoriasis expert, and author, Steve Feldman, M.D. understands the importance of physician-patient communication as a key component of patient satisfaction and medication adherence.

By creating a patient education library with Vivacare. Dr. Feldman provides his patients with convenient access to a variety of skin care resources to help them better understand their skin condition and dermatological treatment options.

Because of Dr. Feldman’ expertise in psoriasis, including topical corticosteroids, phototherapy, and new psoriasis medications, including Vectical and “biologics”, he has been highlighted on the "Psoriasis-Doctors" Website, a resource for patients and health consumers seeking advice on psoriasis directly from psoriasis experts.

Dr. Steve Feldman is Professor of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology) and Dermatology at Wake Forest Univeristy Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Feldman also serves as Chief Medical Editor of Skin & Aging magazine, a professional publication for dermatologists, and is the founder of DrScore. He is also the author of “Compartments”, a book that explores the unseen world of healthcare.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chicago Dermatologists Enroll for Vivacare

Chicago dermatologist, Ashish Bhatia, M.D. enrolls for Vivacare's patient education services to provide his patients access to trusted health information. His education resource includes information about common skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cancer) as well as treatments (Aldara, Botox, lasers, and aesthetic procedures)

Dr. Bhatia joins other Chicago area dermatologists (, such as Sharon Horton, M.D. who use the "From Your Doctor" patient education service from Vivacare Inc. that enables them to create a customized educational resource that reflects their unique approach to care.

Because of Dr. Bhatia's's expertise in skin treatments for acne, he has been highlighted on "Acne-Doctors" (, a resource for patients and health consumers seeking advice on acne directly from skin care experts.

A board certified dermatologist, Dr. Bhatia brings extensive experience in dermatology and aesthetic surgery for both adults and children. His expertise includes face and body aesthetic surgery, skin cancer therapy, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery, and skin resurfacing procedures, as well as the treatment of acne, rosacea, age spots, vitiligo and other skin conditions. He also brings to the group advanced techniques in liposuction, fat transfer, sclerotherapy, Botox, collagen, Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. His practice includes lasers for hair reduction, small blood vessels, birthmarks, acne, tattoos, fine lines and wrinkles as well as many other applications.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Psoriasis Doctors Honors Psoriasis Awareness Month

The Psoriasis Doctors Website has published new, robust psoriasis resources from dermatologists in honor of Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis Doctors covers a wide range of psoriasis and skin care topics, including plaque psoriasis, corticosteroids, Vectical, PUVA, and new biologics, such as Remicade and Humira.

The Psoriasis Doctors Website is part of the "From Your Doctor" service from Vivacare Inc. The From Your Doctor service enables leading dermatologists to easily create their own customizable education resource for their patients, including a Patient Education Library with patient handouts and a Patient Newsletter that delivers skin care updates via email. Dermatologists who have authored particularly useful content regarding psoriasis management are highlighted on the Psoriasis Doctors Website.

Sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation every August, Psoriasis Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness, educating the public and dispelling myths about psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation works year-round to improve the lives of people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Medication Savings Available with Rebate Coupons on Vivacare Service

Patient education service provider Vivacare has made medication rebate coupons available as part of its online service for medical practices to improve clinical care and patient satisfaction. Patients that refer to their own doctor's Website can now access rebate coupons for medication savings if they are available online from the manufacturer.

For example, Hilary Baldwin, M.D., a dermatologist in New York and Past President of the American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) has made medication rebate coupons available for a variety of dermatologic medications for skin conditions.

In addition, Vivacare has populated the Patient Education Library with medication handouts that offer patients with details about the drugs they have been prescribed, including possible side effects. For instance, Eliot Mostow, M.D., a dermatologist in Akron, Ohio, includes the "Acne Medicine Tips" handout on his Patient Education Library to help his acne patients understand how to apply acne medicines and manage the irritation that often results from the use of acne medicines.

Read the full story about medication rebates.

Time and Money Savings with Vivacare Patient Education Service

Vivacare's patient education service helps medical practices to save time and money. By helping physicians and their office staff to efficiently deliver practice health information following office visits, the use of Vivacare leads to reduced practice costs, improved practice workflow and increased patient satisfaction.

"Vivacare is an excellent patient education resource tool," says Kate Othus, MHA Administrator of Portland Dermatology Clinic, LLP.. "Our Internet savvy patients are directed to our website and if they want more information about their disease - it's all right there. The service saves us hundreds of dollars per month in handout copying and brochure costs while also supporting our efforts to 'go green". Patients have the option to then print any of our handouts themselves, or simply review online."

Vivacare Inc. provides medical practices with the "From Your Doctor" patient education service. Enrolled practices receive a variety of Web-based patient education tools at no cost, including a Patient Education Library and Patient eNewsletter function.

Recent upgrades to the Patient Education Library enable physicians with no programming skills to personalize the content to reflect their unique approach to care. Patient handouts appear online with the practice's name at the top and can be printed conveniently by the patient at home. By using vivacare, medical practices can fulfill their patients' desire for online health education with minimal effort by simply telling them "go to our Website".

The Patient eNewsletter function provides medical practices with a paperless means to announce new services, staff hires, awards, or community events. vivacare recently began enhancing the Patient eNewsletter with specialty-specific medical news stories to provide patients with practical and up-to-date health information.

Dr. Ron Reece, a dermatologist in Redding, California shared how offering patient education resources online helped his practice reach new patients. "I find that having an informative website is important to attracting potential patients and for educating patients that I already have. To that end "Vivacare" has enhanced my website," said Dr. Reece.

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