e-Resource Review: RealTime Health


e-Resource Review is a new series where Digitales staff road-test various e-Resources and sum up their findings in a Digitales Fast Five. Today it’s Sarah, Miryana and Regina at the driver’s seat, and they’re taking a look at…

RealTime Health

Describe this resource in one sentence.

Sarah: Useful for people who are interested in health stuff.

Miryana: A fairly comprehensive and easy-to-use resource of video clips providing information on various medical conditions from the perspective of the patient and/or carer.

Regina: A comprehensive, thorough database of health information told in videos on personal experiences and tips and tricks.

You would use this if…

RealTime Health Mental Illnesses

Resources on families and mental illnesses.

Sarah: l wanted to know more about something l don’t know enough about or follow up what the doctor says.

Miryana: You were looking to find out how other people have coped with a particular illness. How it affected them and their family. What are the challenges. What strategies they used in the healing process and how the condition was diagnosed and treated.

Regina: I have a health-related topic in mind that I want to quickly learn about.

It’s suitable for…

Sarah: Anyone who needs the info on hand.

Miryana: Anyone wanting to gain a quick insight into the nature of an illness and what resources are available.

Regina: People who just need very basic information about certain illnesses and how other patients (and carers) have dealt with those illnesses.

It would be useful for schools and/or libraries because…

Sarah: It is easy to access.

Miryana: It allows users to quickly browse the database of video clips and also provides a keyword search. It would be a very useful resource for students and teachers. The information can be used for assignments, presentations and health promotion events.

Regina: It’s a quick one-stop guide for health-related information that covers common illnesses.

My favourite feature is…


A personal experience video on substitute decision makers for advance care planning.

Sarah: The index of all possible topics would be extra useful for us. However, the only let down is there is no captions on the videos.

Miryana: The storytelling aspect which can help motivate people to take action. It can be very comforting to hear other peoples account of their illness, and what their journey has been like, so that you know you are not alone and that there is help and solutions available.

Regina: The experiences videos! They make the resource seem that much more personal.


About RealTime Health

RealTime Health LogoRealTime Health is a world leader in the innovative delivery of patient storytelling resources.

For over 15 years they have produced an extensive digital library of credible and engaging patient stories. Alongside this, they have developed online and mobile platforms to make these valuable health education resources readily accessible.

They have a diverse client base, including health insurers, life insurers, large employers, educational institutions, public libraries, disease management providers, health service providers and others, who use our patient storytelling resources in a variety of ways.

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