Testimonials

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MediStori is an award winning medical toolkit, and has been developed by Creative Founder, Olive O’Connor, who herself is both a patient and carer. It is supported by Ireland’s head of government; An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny; our national health services, the HSE; and our leaders for business enterprise, Enterprise Ireland.

Testimonials

Charities, Unions and Associations

Irish Patients Association: Co-Founder of the Irish Patients Association, Stephen McMahon highlights that the “MediStori is a “patient safety initiative…” and he has been a huge support to our team.

“We are delighted to be associated with MediStori as this tool will support our parents in keeping track of their various hospital appointments and also keep a record of medications their children on . It is a necessity in the lives of a family dealing with a long term chronic autoimmune disease.”

Bernard Duggan, IPU Executive committee member said, “Community Pharmacists support their patients on a daily basis in managing their complicated medication regimens. They ensure that they take their medications as prescribed & provide patients with advice & information on these medications.” The MediStori is an innovative tool, which assists patients to manage their medication safely in conjunction with their Community Pharmacist.” 

“We feel that the MediStori is an invaluable tool to help carers keep their loved ones medical information together in one unit & to have their most accurate & up to date information, easily accessed at any one time, by any of the health care providers associated with that person. It offers carers a simple yet effective solution to help manage all aspects of one’s health, which in turn can increase patient safety & give the carer peace of mind.”

Health Professionals Thoughts

“Improved compliance with everything – appointment attendance, taking medications, vaccinations – all would save money. At admission to hospital, having it along with you could prevent medication error. 90% of patients have at least one error in their admission medication profile and 6% of patients have errors that are potentially harmful. A harmful medication error suffered while in hospital adds 4 days to length of stay and conservatively will cost an additional €1,800 per event. Having a MediStori to allow accurate history and admission prescribing could prevent this.”

“Staff in area like ED or Clinics could assess patients more accurately if they had all the patients’ up to date information in regard to medication and medical history. This would include investigations which may have been carried out at another hospital. This would save duplication.”

“It will save them time as they’ll have the record beside them so they can make a clinical decision based on factual evidence.”

“Giving the patient a better outcome while saving time and money.”

“More efficient if patients take medication as prescribed and attend their appointments. Would save admissions and reduce waste of clinic slots.”

“If used correctly it will reduce costs through a number of ways. Improving patient outcomes and giving more time to treat for doctors and health professionals – can see it being very useful and cost effective for chronic illness.”

“I love the MediStori and there is no doubt in my mind it benefits patients.”

“Much more likely to use it if given by Healthcare Professionals and full potential and reasons for each section explained. Also important that Healthcare Professionals ask the patient about it and encourage them to bring it to their appointments.”

CEO of Pharmapod and new mum, Leonora O’Brien, finds MediStori helps her manage all her newborns health information.

Customers Thoughts

“It’s a fantastic idea. I like the holistic approach to managing all aspects of your life and in turn normalising/de-stigmatising the medical segment.”

“My first thought was at last! It’s a great size to fit into bag or side of car door. It is very well thought out and I would strongly love to see every parent, patient or carer to be able to have a MediStori if possible.”

“Personally I think it’s a wonderful idea. I know that this will actually save lives. When my mother passed away the doctor said I hadn’t given him vital information about her health which is what led to her being given the wrong medication. Had I had the MediStori I would have been able to prove that he had all the information he needed.”

“It is one of the most useful medical devices I have ever seen! – I presently have a full large drawer of hospital notes which would not fit into one lever arch file and this is superb in condensing what is important and a great size to carry around when required!”

“Nice colour! Very tidy and compact, love the added pen! Then when I opened it I was very impressed with all the sections given. Really liked that it had a plastic pocket also for prescriptions etc.”

“It’s great to have a quick look over on the last appointment before going into the hospital to refresh your memory and if my daughter takes I’ll in a family members they can show the MediStori to a doctor so they know the child’s background.”

“It is the best organiser that I have ever seen and easy to use! The presentation is certainly professionally designed, its compact enough not to be overwhelming, and seems to have some useful info. As it is set up similar to a filo-fax/day-planner, I would expect that some sections could be added as needed.”

Colleen Cahill (11) pictured here with her own decorated MediStori. Her Mum Rachael finds it very helpful in managing chronic conditions.

“We have used the MediStori for 3 years now and I can honestly say we would be lost without it. It’s as important as my handbag. It’s stressful enough being in hospital with your child without being asked questions about their previous medical encounters and not being able to remember dates etc. Thankfully I’m always prepared with my MediStori. It’s an absolute blessing having it. Thanks so much, Rachael Cahill”

Recognition

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny’s Recognition

Olive, along with 50+ enterprises was present at the exciting Spirit of Entrepreneurship event in September 2014 organised by GMIT Innovation Hubs. At this event Olive got to meet An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, as well as News Talk presenter and panelist on the Dragons Den, Bobby Kerr. Here you can watch a small clip from the event which was broadcast on Irish TV on 22/10/2014, where you can watch An Taoiseach call Olive “young” (which she loves!) and hear how he endorses the MediStori saying it can potentially save health services millions. Olive also speaks about her experiences of starting her social enterprise and supports she received along the way.

The Clinton Global Initiative’s Recognition

In April 2014 Olive was handpicked to be one of the 10,000 women interviewed by Aroyga World for the Clinton Global Initiative to talk about how she overcame challenges she faced as both a patient and carer. Last September, her video with just 9 others was showcased in New York where world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Bill & Hilary Clinton to name a few were at the National AGM. This 45 minute interview captured her experiences & these were put forward as research to the UN. Olive really hopes her story helps, even just one person, cope in times of stress and she is delighted to be part of such a proactive movement.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Recognition

Olive was absolutely chuffed to be announced as one of Ireland’s top 50 applicants to the 2015 Impact Awards Programme at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Boot Camp. Olive always knew she was destined to be a social entrepreneur but didn’t know there was an actual term for what she did until not long ago. A previous youth worker, Olive often states that money is only the outcome of what you do – it’s not the reason why and it is because of this way of thinking that she has kept doing what she does for almost three years! A day all about the pitch, networking, and sharing knowledge on the journey of the social entrepreneur is shown in a two minute video…