is a useful tool for practices that value patient education,
attractive handouts, and the ability to give the patient specific
disease and medication information to take home. Having an
extensive list of templates obviates the need to keep file
cabinets of up-to-date preprinted material."
"Prescription writing is quick, accurate, and legible.
Patient acceptance is good."
"For an office that is contemplating adding clinical
computer applications, this program offers a straightforward and
useful starting point."
ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, January 1998
Software Saves Precious Time
"The software delivers on its stated goals of saving
providers one minute with each patient, which enables them to see
one more patient per day, improving patient satisfaction within a
few months, and reducing the number of unnecessary visits for
common colds by 25% over one year."
HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT, Volume 6/Number 5, May 1998
PATIENT EDucation in the Computer Age
"We have already seen more positive feedback from patients
since implementing the system eight months ago," says Robert
L. Cummins, R.N. The clinic's patients, pleased with the Patient
system, have been telling other people in the community about the
system. "We've been bombarded with new patients," he
AM NEWS January 12, 1998
PATIENT EDucation Made-to-Order
"Physicians who underestimate the importance of
technology-enabled patient education will most likely be less
competitive since successful outcomes, cost-effectiveness and
patient satisfaction tend to deteriorate without it."
Health Management Technology, March 1998
Teach Your Patients Well
"Commercial patient education products that do not relate
information specifically to individual patients are not meeting
"One of the keys to using the Internet properly, however,
will be direct physician involvement."
Physicians and Computers, Vol. 15, No. 8, April 1998
"I have had numerous comments that confirm the handouts
are being read. I've also had frequent, spontaneous
testimonials from my patients, both verbal and written, convincing
me that patient satisfaction has never been higher, despite having
less time to spend with them."
"Because I take the time to go to my desk to create the
handout and prescriptions after each exam, I find it easy to
dictate my note while the printing takes place. This keeps my
dictation current rather than 'stacking charts.' I know my notes
are more accurate and my stress level is down because my desk is
no longer cluttered with a daunting pile of charts to dictate at
the end of the morning or afternoon. I feel more organized and get
"But the biggest surprise was how patient education
software could save us time and money on dictation. In addition to
prescriptions and patient instructions, the Patient
system can print a condensed summary of all medications,
treatments, precautions, etc., given to the patient. This chart
summary even includes the diagnoses and ICD9 numbers. . . .When I
dictate, I include my usual subjective and objective sections, but
for assessment and plan I am now able to say, "See Patient
summary." This means I spend less time dictating and my
transcriptionist's daily work load is reduced by 40 to 60 minutes
because of the chart note feature."
"When I am done with my dictation, the chart copy is
placed on top of the patient's chart in my dictation pile. My
nurses appreciate having this summary available before
transcription is done. They can pull the chart from my dictation
stack if a parent or pharmacist calls later in the day with
questions. Usually the summary contains enough information that
they don't have to interrupt me."
"When I first began using the Patient
system I was far from being a computer expert. In fact, I was
downright resistant to automation. I'm sure our practice someday
will move toward implementation of a full electronic medical
record. In the meantime, I've found an easy-to-use tool that has
made a big difference in my practice. The system saves me time,
reduces my stress and saves me money. Benefits like these are what
I've needed to get me started and to continue in clinical