What We Do
The Patient Education Institute develops interactive patient education software, updates it, and licenses it to health websites, hospitals, and partners.
We envision patients and their families playing an active role in their healthcare, and healthcare providers relying on evidence-based educational materials to inform their patients, verify comprehension and evaluate outcomes.
Our mission is to empower patients and healthcare providers through evidence-based patient education software that is engaging, effective and ready to integrate with evolving clinical systems.
Our Brief History
In December of 1994, Dr. Mohamad Ajam (an educator in Iowa, USA) and Dr. Souheil Haddad (a neurosurgeon in Indiana, USA) conceived the idea of developing a computer-based patient education system that informs patients about the benefits and risks of recommended neurosurgical procedures and documents the informed consent process. The specifications of Al-Mufasser were clear then and still hold now.
“Develop a patient education system that:
- can be used by all patients, even the illiterate and those with no computer experience,
- engages patients and encourage them to complete their assigned topic,
- verifies understanding and corrects misconceptions
- adapts to the learning style and pace of the patient, and
- documents the educational session.”
- On May 1st of 1995, the Patient Education Institute was established after the Board of Regents at the University of Iowa approved its location on campus at the Technology Innovation Center. The Patient Education Institute worked with medical contributors from the University of Iowa and our first pilot sites were at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and at the University of Bloomington, Indiana.
- After the remarkable success of the Al-Mufasser Patient Education and Documentation System in serving neurosurgery clinics in 1996, many healthcare providers joined the Patient Education Institute team as investors and medical contributors. In 1997, we did a private placement and expanded into other surgical specialties. (see our 1995 promo video)
- In 2000 we converted our programs to the Internet and licensed them to the National Institutes of Health, a federal agency.
- In 2009, We translated 100 X-Plain modules to Arabic under the brand name Al-Mufasser and introduced the product at Arab Health 2010 in Dubai.