A Patient May Be Using EMR, But What About Post-Surgery or -Procedure Communication?
Patients are more savvy users and consumers of their medical records thanks to EMR systems. If the patient’s physician is connected to the network’s EMR system, the patient is solicited to register on the patient portal.
There are many advantages to doing this. The patient can reorder prescriptions, update her prescription list, see her latest lab results, check her next scheduled appointment, verify the insurance information on file, ask for a referral – all without having to call the office. Easy, convenient management of her static health records.
But what does the patient do after a procedure or surgery?
She goes home with discharge instructions. She follows them – sometimes. What happens when something doesn’t feel right a week into her recovery? She calls the office. She leaves a message on the nurse’s line. Three times. She then dials “0” to get the front desk. But she gets put on hold for 10 minutes.
Frustrated, she hangs up and sends a message to her primary physician via the patient portal. She thinks, “Ok. This can wait until tomorrow. Perhaps I’m overreacting.”
She goes online to find information. Nothing. Sleepless into the night with increasing pain and discomfort, she finally decides at 4am to go to the ED. The patient’s surgeon and office staff have no insight into this scenario whatsoever. And no control to do anything about it.
Preventing Readmissions with Trusted Patient Coach and Patient Reported Outcomes
Let’s rewrite that scenario.
The patient is discharged with discharge instructions. She downloads the Trusted Patient Coach™ mobile app recommended by her clinician onto her own mobile device – phone or tablet. She reports her symptoms immediately after getting home starting on day 1.
She follows her discharge instructions, which are reinforced by Trusted Patient Coach’s daily questionnaires and tasks. She reports her level of fever, pain, swelling and other common post-surgical indications of problems.
Her doctor now has real-time daily data to know that his patient is still experiencing fever and swelling after 7 days. The doctor messages – directly – to his patient: “Please send me a photo of what your incision looks like.” He doesn’t like what he sees and replies: “Please come into the office. Nurse John will be waiting for you this afternoon.” ED visit and potential readmission avoided.
This is a real scenario of preventing readmissions using real-time Patient Reported Outcomes.
- It creates direct communication from patient to clinician.
- It records recovery progress with daily, real-time reports directly from the patient.
- It provides trending so that clinicians can spot potential issues.
- It creates a better patient experience.
- And it reduces costs by allowing the clinician to intervene before the ED visit.
Learn more about Trusted Patient Coach™ as an integral piece of your healthcare solution.