Animated software helps patients
– Ibera Canada has launched an innovative health education tool that
will help physicians, nurses and educators engage their patients to
become more active in managing their own health. Developed in Australia,
the system makes use of animations to help patients understand their
medical conditions and to become active participants in their own care.
Ibera is an innovative teaching tool that visually depicts how external
forces affect the body. The software contains 70 animations that
demonstrate 16 different general health areas, helping patients see and
understand the effects lifestyle behaviours have on their bodies. Each
component is approximately 90 seconds in length.
Ibera was first introduced by the Aboriginal Health Service in the
Northern Territory, Australia. Health workers there were frustrated by
the lack of educational health material available to help their clients
to better understand their own health, medical conditions, and the
impact lifestyle choices can have on the body.
The key benefits of the software are that it gives patients the
information they need to ask more informed questions and encourages them
to take a more preventive approach to their own wellness.
Allen Benson, the CEO of Native Counselling Services of Alberta, has
been instrumental in bringing Ibera to Canada. Ibera’s messages,
designed to be easily understandable for a wide range of potential
users, has the potential to breathe new life into avoidable conditions
experienced by many Canadians such as diabetes and some cancers.
“IBERA is not only an educational tool, it is also an excellent source
of information to help patients better understand their condition,” says
The program was launched in Australia last spring and has met with
considerable success. Originally designed with content geared to
Australia’s aboriginal communities, minor changes have been made to make
it more applicable to North Americans.
Physicians will often draw diagrams to explain the working of the body
to their patients. But with 20 to 30 patients a day, this can become a
difficult task. With Ibera, a physician, nurse or educator can
demonstrate a medical problem on a desktop or laptop computer using
animations – instead of just hearing about problem, the patient can
actually see what is wrong. The result: a much better understanding of
the medical condition and what to do about it.“
For further information, contact: Felicia Dewar, Sales & Marketing
Manager, IBERA Canada, 780.447.9343.
Posted January 13, 2011