The internet is a great way to get information on any subject and there are lots of sites with information on IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) - sites from e-medicine to WebMD and Wikipedia and of course the FORVIA website (http://www.inovera.com/forvia/). That's helpful in getting background information but nothing beats the opportunity to meet experts and ask questions. Patient Education Days have the latest information presented by specialists plus the chance to ask questions and meet other people sharing the same interest. IBD Patient Education Days are sponsored by local Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Association Chapters and are often held in area hospitals once or twice a year. These are typically on a weekend morning and address topics like current treatments for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, pregnancy and fertility issues, and dealing with chronic illness as an adolescent or adult. Besides presentations from physician experts, there are information tables for product and support organizations, as shown here where Chris from Inovera talks to Brenda Greene of the Delaware Valley CCFA Chapter about an upcoming Take Steps benefit walk in Philadelphia (see below for more on Take Steps!). Information on Patient Education Days is available on-line at the CCFA web site for chapters around the country (http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/services?LMI=8.4).
INOVERA attended two area Patient Education Days recently at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington and Thomas Jefferon University Hospital in Philadelphia. Interacting with people seeking information on IBD and on FORVIA products was great, talking about our product and answering questions about how FORVIA products might be helpful in addressing their nutritional needs. It was nice, too, to connect with a number of existing customers who were gracious enough to introduce themselves and let us know their experience with FORVIA.
We learned a good deal from them, too, and took note of their questions. Look for us to address some of those questions in a future blog post and a downloadable white paper on our site.
PS - Going to Take Steps in the Philadelphia area May 19th? Stop by the Take Steps walk registration booth that afternoon and say hello - Inovera employees will be working the booth on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Art Museum!