Welcome to the Animated Patient™ series

The Animated Patient™ is a unique patient health education series which provides a novel approach to patient learning –

The Animated Patient™ series

Goals of the Animated Patient™ series

Our Animations and Visual Resources Help Patients Learn

"Visuals have proven to be a valuable asset in building patient-physician communications, enhancing patient education, and improving the informed consent process because patients are better able to grasp the implications of their condition, prognosis, and treatment options” .7

Health Literacy

The Animated Patient™ Series - Understanding Patient Health Literacy and Levels of Communication:

  • An important impediment to patient education is that of low health literacy.1
  • The AMA recommends health information be presented at a Grade 6-8 level to overcome health literacy challenges.
  • The Institute of Medicine cites that over 90 million Americans are subjects of low health literacy2 which has been shown to contribute to poor health outcomes.
  • Between 46% - 51% of American adults are not “able to locate information in text”, cannot “make low-level inferences using printed materials”, and are unable to “integrate easily identifiable pieces of information”.3
  • Patients are often overwhelmed by complex medical concepts, scientific aspects of their disease, complicated lifestyle interventions; many patients cannot keep up with the rapidly evolving pace of information related to their own illness and its treatment.4,5
  • As many as 50% of Americans fail to take their medications as prescribed, which in turn incurs grave consequences for health systems.6
  • Better patient education resources are needed to help patients overcome health literacy issues, improve self-management actions, and engage patients in making informed choices.
  • The Animated Patient™ series addresses health literacy, helps patients better self-manage their health, and understand complex medical information .
  • The Animated Patient™ series uniquely proves to better health outcomes of patients using this educational program series.


  1. Roter DL, Rudd RE, Comings J. Patient literacy. A barrier to quality of care. J Gen Intern Med. 1998;13(12):850-851.
  2. Wilson M. Readability and patient education materials used for low-income populations. Clin Nurse Spec. 2009;23(1):33-40.
  3. Kirsch IS, Jungeblut A, Jenkins L, Kolstad A (2002). Adult Literacy in America: A First Look at the Findings of the National Adult Literacy Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. Available at: nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93275.pdf
  4. Eastman P. Study: Cancer Patients Increasingly Confused by Internet Health Information; Trust in Physicians Growing. Oncology Times. 2010;32(11):43-44.
  5. Colombo C, et al. Web search behavior and information needs of people with multiple sclerosis: focus group study and analysis of online postings. Interact J Med Res. 2014;3(3):e12.
  6. Himmel D. Educate before you Medicate; the NCPIE Coalition. Prescription Solutions.
  7. Nienkamp M (2006). Visual Learning Tools Overcome Health Illiteracy. Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. Available at: www.psqh.com/julaug06/visual.html.