We all know healthcare needs technology to lower costs and improve the quality of service.

But as important is to realise that we have an extremely sophisticated healthcare system which delivers an exceptional quality of care.

So while we are trying to improve health outcomes for melanoma, we are working very hard to make sure we do it in a way that complements the existing healthcare service.

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You’ll have to forgive me a rather technical diagram and a rather technical post but above is the total patient pathway model that two of our advisors, Dr. Fiona Walter and Professor Jon Emery, contributed to (full article here).

What I’d like to focus on here is that there are two delays that sit with us as patients. First our Appraisal Delay which is the time we spend deciding whether we are ill in any way.

The second delay is the Help-seeking Delay, which is the delay associated with us deciding to seek help from a health care professional and actually making an appointment.

Everyone has a different threshold for worry which means some people see their doctor at the first sign of trouble but a great many of us ignore worrying symptoms, delaying treatment. With melanoma, this can have serious consequences.

This is why we focus on measuring the changes to your moles. We aim to help you understand when something has changed so you know when you need to take action.

What is more, we help you understand that when a mole changes, you need to see your doctor and we prompt you until you do so.

We aim to get the right people to their doctor with information about their mole that is valuable to the existing patient pathway.

So if you wanted to summarise what we are trying to do with a diagram, the one above isn’t a bad start.

So take a look at our site and see if it’s right to help you and your family map and track your moles for change.