Good points on the current limits of patient education. While my experience in Canada has been much better than my mother-in-law’s experience in Switzerland, it still falls far short of the potential. Quote:
What if the simple fact of receiving a diagnosis- say diabetes, cancer, or multiple sclerosis- set in motion a series of automatic events. What if short videos on this patient’s condition were made available to her on a laptop or iPad during her hospital stay? What if a text was sent to her mom’s cell phone with a link to an e-patient community that could provide support and information? What if I could ask my EMR to print out a handout in the patient’s language and specify that it be modified to the appropriate reading level? What if a week after they went home this family was automatically sent a series of questions that assessed their understanding of medications or recommended care and their primary care doctor was emailed regarding any significant areas of concern?