Here at Aepios, our mission is to inspire hope and healing by facilitating open communication between members with a shared diagnosis. We aim to close regional gaps in medical care through shared experiences, treatments, and outcomes reported by members nationwide.
Aepios is an acronym, meaning, An Empowering Place to Interact and Openly Share. Aepios represents nurturing healthcare. Aepios represents safety. We at Aepios say to you, “You are loved. The Aepios team is behind you.”
Aepios began in 2010 with two brothers and an epiphany.
The brothers were in medical school when they noticed that patients often felt scared, confused, lonely, and depressed following a new diagnosis. They asked themselves, “How can we improve our patients’ experience? What can we do to make our patients feel both safe and well-informed?” The brothers were determined to bridge the gaps in the medical system – but from the patient’s perspective.
One major concern they had was the lack of peer support following a new diagnosis; More than a psychological condition, depression is associated with a weakened immune system, and in turn, poorer medical prognosis. Patients in this cycle may have a more difficult healing journey. Conversely, patients with a stable support system are less likely to feel depressed, resulting in a stronger immune system and an improved medical prognosis. With that in mind, the brothers decided to create a community that focuses on shared member experience as a powerful tool for learning and healing. They envision a global network where members can connect to other members when they need it the most.
Another problem, the brothers realized, is that patients often accept what they are initially told about their condition, its treatments, and outcomes, without realizing that what is typical at one hospital or region may not be true everywhere. Having come from a low-income background themselves, they recognized that there is a relationship between regional variations in socioeconomic status and treatment strategies and patient outcomes. To close these gaps, the brothers sought to consolidate information from various resources – personal, medical, and social – so that people can understand their condition more comprehensively.
To further facilitate this process; Aepios is building a database of treatments and outcomes for a wide range of conditions. With this model, members will be able to search for treatments they were not previously made aware of. Armed with new information taken from various sources, members will be empowered to ask their doctor high-quality questions to improve their quality of life.
With a focus on personal support systems backed by a database of powerful information, Aepios is paving the way for whole and equitable medical care. Aepios is a diverse team of practicing medical doctors, research scientists, technologists, and digital marketers committed to redefining healthcare.
Let’s heal together. Become a member of Aepios today.
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