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The author describes a Web-based program that allows physicians to enable patients to record accurate histories on their own; most physicians with EHR systems can have the patient-recorded history automatically incorporated into the progress note.
This will be the first in a series of articles tracking the TransforMed project, sharing any learnings, both good and bad, about family practice that it has uncovered.
The article describes what process changes a practice needs to make in order to conduct "planned visits," where the patient has all relevant lab work or tests completed prior to the visit with the physician and all information is in the chart, allowing for a more organized, productive encounter.
(But each piece is useful in itself.)
While some feel a computer in the exam room takes the focus off the patient, these authors offer a Top 10 list of the ways doctor-patient interaction can be enhanced with EHR use.
The article will describe the new model of care proposed by the Future of Family Medicine project and will address the barriers and solutions to implementing key components of the new model.
A family physician explains how he chose to operate a "no-insurance" practice that also gives him and his patients enough time to develop a quality physician-patient relationship during office visits.
May 2004 Issue
Patient-Physician Partnering to Improve Chronic Disease Care [Improving Patient Care]
The article explains how a physician-patient agreement can help patients with chronic diseases become more involved in their care and have better outcomes.
The article will explore various components of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practice project (e.g. open access scheduling, e-mail communication with patients) and will provide an update of the pilot groups' progress in these areas.