As the first EHR to work with the Mayo Clinic, drchrono has developed a way to take the digitized patient educational material provided by Mayo and to allow doctors to share the information with patients in an efficient and paperless way.
We’ve all had the experience of leaving the doctors office with a pamphlet filled with information we’re expected to read and understand. In many cases those pamphlets go directly into a health folder filled with information and medical bills for later reference.
One of the major benefits of this partnership between drchrono and the Mayo Clinic is that physicians can now distribute the information contained in those pamphlets electronically, to the devices their patients prefer to read on, making it much more likely that the material will be consumed.
With the distribution of patient educational material now a meaningful use component it’s even more important to provide information that patients will actually read or watch. According to Michael Nusimow, CEO of drchrono, “If you’re using an iPad, and you’re seeing this information displayed as a beautiful full color document or a hi-resolution video, from a trusted source like the Mayo Clinic, it’s a great visual experience. Since we’re all such visual creatures it can significantly increase patient compliance.”
The inclusion of Mayo Clinic educational material in the drchrono electronic health record allows physicians to provide patients with access to over 2,600 educational documents, 300 plus educational videos, simple one-touch distribution of the material from within the drchrono EHR app, and a simplified means to attest for an important Meaningful Use core requirement.
“What we’ve done with the Mayo Clinic is to license all of their inpatient patient educational material. Information that was previously available only at their facilities in Rochester, Minnesota,” Mr. Nusimow said. “This represents several thousand printed documents that have been digitized and also several hundred videos.”
drchrono has taken the information and converted it into a format that can be displayed on smart phones and tablets as well as on their onpatient.com website. The information has been tagged and identified making it possible to automatically build a patient specific information library of documents and videos, based upon the structured data already contained in the patients electronic health record.
It’s also possible for physicians to highlight specific educational pieces letting patients know that their doctor wants them to read and review specific information.
“From the doctor’s point of view this information is coming from the Mayo Clinic so they know it’s not funded by pharmaceutical companies, they know it’s based on science and on evidence based medicine, and it’s written in a way that’s approachable to patients,” Nusimow said. “For the patient the content is presented in a beautiful way, it’s easy to access and seeing the Mayo Clinic logo on the documents and videos provides great brand recognition. It can also help increase compliance because patients are more likely to consume the information and take it to heart.”
“I’m pleased that Mayo Clinic’s patient education materials, which are normally only available to Mayo patients, now will be available via the Internet to all patients in the United States,” says Steven A. Smith, M.D., medical director for Patient Education at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minnesota campus. “We consider it a priority to invest time and energy to be certain our patient education materials are informative, easy to understand and stand up to the high level of integrity that Mayo Clinic represents. Doctors distributing these educational documents and videos to their patients can be confident they contain content that will assist them in their delivery of clinical care.”