About us

About Us

The Patient Education Institute is a not-for-profit collaboration initiative that aims to provide medical professionals with the highest-quality medical illustrations at the lowest possible costs.

Partners in the initiative include medical universities, national health organizations, medical professionals' associations, hospitals, clinics and individual health care providers.

At the base of this initiative stands what is now probably the world's largest collection of high-quality medical illustrations, created in cooperation with medical associations and international key opinion leaders and continuously being expanded. For many years, the illustrations of The Patient Education Institute have been renowned for their quality, correctness and usefulness.

As a partner to the project you have access to the entire collection and a license to use the illustrations in media and publications, on your websites, in your apps, patient education programmes, brochures, posters, etc.

In case you need a medical illustration that is not in the collection yet, you can order it free of charge.

Annually, each partner makes a small financial contribution to the initiative. The height of this contribution is very modest and individually tailored to the specific needs and financial situation of the partner. Each partner's contribution is established in mutual agreement. As an example, obviously, a large doctors' association in Germany is able and willing to make a different contribution than a small clinic in India.

The philosophy of the initiative is that doctors around the world help each other getting access to the best medical illustrations at the lowest possible costs.

If you'd like to know more about the intiative, or become a partner, please contact:

Olaf Breukhoven, director international relations
Phone +48 660 748 305
E-Mail olaf@patient-education-institute.com

Why this initiative?

In our contacts with medical professionals they increasingly draw our attention to a growing problem they all experience. The problem is that there is a great need for high-quality medical illustrations, but:

  • while the pharmaceutical industry does provide some materials, they cover only very limited topics and the HCPs prefer complete and unbiased materials without advertisements and logos.
  • the right, high-quality illustrations are hard to find
  • ordering custom-made illustrations is prohibitively expensive and it is anyway extremely difficult to find good medical illustrators
  • the costs of licenses from other sources are too high
  • using illustrations without license ("found on the internet") is carrying an ever greater risk of getting involved in expensive legal procedures for copyright infringement; besides that, websites and publications with illustrations from different sources and in different styles don't look very professional.

If you'd like to know more about the intiative, or become a partner, please contact:

Olaf Breukhoven, director international relations
Phone +48 660 748 305
E-Mail olaf@patient-education-institute.com