Dr Ashfaq Ahmed, creator of DocExplains
This is a case study from one of our users, Dr Ashfaq Ahmed. Dr Ahmed is using iShowU to educate his patients on conditions they may be suffering from. He captures his screen drawings so that he can explain to his patients, with non-technical jargon and in a visual way, what’s happening and how they can help themselves and their health.
We asked Dr Ahmed a number of questions related to how he is using iShowU, which we’ve reproduced here. It’s great to see something ‘technical’ being used to help people in a real way!
You can visit DocExplains on YouTube.
Q: What is “DocExplains”?
As a doctor I frequently meet patients who have little understanding about the medical conditions that they are suffering with. Often they have been given explanations that were too brief, too jargon laden or just too much to take in at the time. This regularly results in people feeling indifferent or powerless in the face of these problems, so preventing them from taking positive action which could really help with their illnesses and improve their health in general.
DocExplains is a place where people can go to get clear, thorough, and jargon-free explanations about common medical conditions which they may have come across in their day-to-day lives, in bite-sized easy-to-follow videos. It’s hopefully going to be a place where, with the minimum of fuss and effort, people can quickly learn about what these conditions are, how they come about, and so what can be done to take control.
Q: What goals do you expect to achieve with DocExplains?
The central aim of DocExplains is to empower people to take control of their own health problems. So of course I hope to be able to reach as many viewers as possible, and I also hope to be able to provide the videos in multiple languages.
Eventually viewers of the videos will be given the opportunity to engage in the development of the videos by sharing their own ideas about what content would be useful; maybe suggesting conditions that they would like to see videos about, or mentioning specific things that they wished had been explained to them. I’d like for the viewers to play a strong role in driving the content to make sure that DocExplains is always relevant to them, and in building a community that supports and spreads patient education.
Q: How does screen recording and video creation fit into that?
Screen recording is absolutely key to what I am trying to achieve. The idea of DocExplains first came about after a few patients had mentioned that they found it useful when I drew out my explanations of what they were experiencing for them. I wanted to recreate that for a wider audience, and being able to capture my drawings on screen in video enables this.
Q: What influenced your decision to use iShowU?
I had read a number of reviews and iShowU fared very well under scrutiny from a number of blogs and tech sites. I tried out a few different screen recording apps and iShowU was easily the best for my needs. It has enabled high quality recordings and provides flexibility throughout the entire process. Video is not something I have a great deal of experience with, and iShowU offers lots of options while still being user-friendly.
Q: What would you like to see in iShowU that would help you in your endeavours?
Right now iShowU has more options and features than I could possibly need and I’m still exploring them. I can honestly say that I couldn’t ask for anymore; maybe that will change as DocExplains develops, I’ll keep you posted!
By Dr Ashfaq Ahmed – Creator of DocExplainsLabs