Link to article Annals of Internal Medicine : https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2738161
My awesome colleague Zuzanna Czernick and collaborators have written a brilliant piece about the EHR. She used a CT scan image with a large pulmonary abscess to get the attention of an otherwise hostile, disengaged hospital patient.
The EHR, although widely disparaged, is also a wonderful tool to bring medical data alive for the patient. She offers a few guidelines on how to most effectively create the trusted “triangle” of provider-patient-computer:
- Chart together
There are so many opportunities to connect with our patients; why not bring up a screen to show an image, a result, a graph, a note written by a consultant that illustrates and answers a question.
CMIO’s take? Yes, we need counter-intuitive (and soon perhaps simply intuitive) stories about the benefits of a modern information system in caring for patients. Thanks, Dr. Czernik!