Have you felt challenged to quickly find the right Ostomy System for your needs?  If so, MEDICAL MONKS introduces a new way to make this process fast and easy!

It can be difficult and time-consuming to sift through the many choices you have in Ostomy Systems.  The complexity is overwhelming, even for the well-educated consumer let alone someone new to buying an ostomy system.  There are nearly a dozen ostomy system manufacturers each producing many system families.  Each family has a variety of features that are continually being refined and improved resulting in even more buying options for the consumer.

To help address this complexity and confusion, the Ostomy Product Experts at MEDICAL MONKS developed an innovative solution to this problem.  The solution is called “SMART SEARCH”.  It is a selection tool that eliminates the complexity of product selection by helping you narrow down your choices quickly through a series of easy to answer questions.  The result is a recommendation of ostomy systems that that closely fits your personal answers.

The MEDICAL MONKS team is extremely excited to launch “SMART SEARCH”.  We want to share the details on how it works and can help you.

Where can I get access to “SMART SEARCH”?

It is located on the MEDICAL MONKS website at the following link:

https://medicalmonks.wpengine.com/smart-search/

After clicking on the link you are directed to the landing page that looks like this:

Smart Search 2500x Simply click the “Start Questionnaire” in the 1-Piece and 2-Piece Ostomy Systems tile to begin!

Who built the Tool – Can I trust it?

“SMART SEARCH” was built using the knowledge and experience of the MEDICAL MONKS Ostomy product specialist team who have a combined ostomy experience of 110 years!  The specialists talk to dozens of customer daily answering product questions – they have answered virtually every question about ostomy products and how to use them.

Also, our team meets with manufacturer representatives and Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN’s) on a regular basis to stay informed about the latest product enhancements and technologies.

How does it Work?

You will be asked a series of 10 multiple choice questions about your specific situation.  It takes on average of about 1-2 minutes to answer all 10 of the questions.

The questions are:

  1. Which of the following best describes the area around your stoma?
  2. Is your stoma on or very near your belly button, hernia, groin or surgical incisions?
  3. Where is your stoma relative to your skin surface? (see below)
  4. What is the shape of your stoma?
  5. What is your stoma output thickness?
  6. What is your stoma output quantity / size?
  7. What is your stoma output / drainage frequency?
  8. What is your stoma gas level?
  9. What is your pouch color preference?
  10. What is your stoma size?

Several questions contain illustrations that make it easy to pick an answer!

 What answers do I get?

Based on your answers to the questions above, we determine (in real time) what Ostomy systems fit your needs.  We display both One-Piece and Two-Piece product answers (pouches and barriers to fit your size needs).  We focus on “Best Value” answers. Our Best Value is a combination of PRICE and OUTCOMES.  Some systems are better than others in terms of PRICE and OUTCOMES.

OUTCOMES are typically better for recently released products because they contain the latest features and technology users have come to expect.  Some manufacturers are more advanced and have higher quality.

After we display the best value answers, you can choose the ostomy system products and put them in your shopping cart for purchase!

We ask you to provide your email so that we can send you your answers for future reference however it is not mandatory for you to provide your email.

If you have any questions at any point in the process you can call and talk to one of our MEDICAL MONKS Ostomy product specialists at 844-859-9400.

When do I use the tool?

“SMART SEARCH – Ostomy System” is great if you are new to buying ostomy products or would like to make a possible change to the ostomy system you are using or just looking for alternatives.  If you are happy with your current ostomy system, it can be used as confirmation you are in the right system.

Changes to the stoma site will happen over the course of the first 8 weeks after you have your ostomy surgery.  In addition, your body changes over time along with your activity level.  It is because of these two reasons we encourage you to come back and use the tool on a regular basis as these changes happen.  Also, we continually make updates as new products are introduced which can be as frequently as several times per year.

For more information about MEDICAL MONKS and advice on Ostomy products please visit our website at https://www.medicalmonks.com or call us at 844-859-9400.

 

Accenture executive head shots coordinated by Cathy Powers.

About the Author

Scott Hetland is President of Medical Monks, Inc..  Medical Monks is medical supply retailer serving consumers and businesses across the United States.   Reach Scott at scott.hetland@medicalmonks.com.

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