What providers are saying about the Patient Ed® system...
"I am field testing all of the patient education products out there and this one's the winner! My patients have been very happy with it. The nice thing about the Patient Ed® system is it's not just a handout. It's patient education, warning signs, follow ups, phone numbers, and prescriptions—all integrated into one fluid document."
—Ken Urlakis, MD, Ph.D.
I love the ability to customize the system to the way I practice. Compared to other patient education products I've seen, this is the most comprehensive. I am very, very impressed."
—Carlos de La Garza, MD
—Dick Nicholas, M.D.,
—Glenn LeBlanc, R.N.
"The beauty of the Patient Ed® system is its simplicity. It provides an excellent service to patients without adding more time. Patients feel they get a lot more out of the visit. Also, the chart note is good documentation of patient education for managed care plans and insurance companies. This is becoming a big deal now."
—Robert Berkompas, MD
—Sumana Reddy, MD
—Gregory L. Garvin, D.O.,
—Louis I. Hochheiser, MD
"The boy with poison ivy convinced me of the value of Patient Ed®. A visit that normally took 1 minute for diagnosis and 9 minutes for explanation and education suddenly took 2 1/2 minutes. Now 'fit ins' really can be fit in."
—Ted Capron MD
—Robert Patterson, MD
—Robert L. Cummins, RN,
Leanne LeBlanc, MD
"We have an extensive patient education filing system, but our residents find the Patient Ed® system is much easier to use compared to this. For patients on multiple medications, the chart note feature is especially useful in cutting our dictation time. We also depend on the chart note in our new walk-in clinic connected to ER. Documentation is very important in this setting."
—Todd Shaffer, MD
—Kathleen J. Smith, MD
"The system is working, is user friendly, and we are getting a lot of excitement around here from folks who would never have used the computer before! A pretty slick program. . .gave an inservice to all of the nurses and they thought it was the best thing since the invention of duct tape!"
—David A. Acosta, MD
"The Patient Ed® program allows us to make sure that all of our patients get written instructions that we know they understand when they leave clinic. I go over the instructions with them and that really offers consistency and a chance to ask questions. Patients are impressed that we’ve taken the time to do this. Little do they know it’s taken no time at all. They even talk about the instructions at the general store."
—Ken Brown, RN, ARNP,
—Mark Spencer, MD
—Richard Tew, MD,
"We especially like the Precautions and Home Care instructions—when to call, when to go to ER, when to follow-up if certain symptoms show up. The different colored signals are a nice touch. When residents are on call, this documentation is very important."
—Amer Shakil, MD
Our pharmacists really like having the drug instructions all written out for them. I haven't had any major problems. I can change the medicines and print out instructions and prescriptions. I have little more than scratched the surface."
—Roger Applegate, MD
—R. Ronald Dionne, MD
—Greg Taylor, MD
—Allen R. Wenner, MD
"The Patient Ed® program is really valuable for elderly patients and their families who often need something to refer to regarding self care instructions after they get home. It is also great for the harried moms of sick kids who have a hard time listening to instructions while their well kids are dismantling the office. It's like having an extra staff person in the office."
—Linda M. Pedersen, MN,
"At the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Program, we are training Family Practice residents for the future, using the Patient Ed® system. The structured templates are great reminders to teach patients about home care issues. After being seen by a covering physician using PATIENT ED® instructions, some of our patients have been so impressed that they’ve requested to change physicians.
"I really like the ability to use the Patient Ed® system in joint decision making with the patient. By bringing up the template and going through it together, I can get the patient's input about how hard it might be to do something, like wear a seat belt. This might take a bit more time, but gives me better compliance so I can improve quality. . .
"Our faculty is very excited about using the Patient Ed® system as a teaching tool. The templates remind residents of all the options available for treating a given condition, especially for medications. The online medication and instruction information encourage residents to learn as they see patients, fulfilling our goal to produce physicians who are lifelong learners. . . In fact, our Program applied for and received a grant to produce a medical computing curriculum centered around the use of the Patient Ed® system."
—Charles Zelnick, MD
How industry experts are rating the Patient Ed® system...
"My patients were impressed by the instruction form and especially by the legible computer-generated prescriptions. . .Prescription writing is quick, accurate, and legible. . .For an office that is contemplating adding clinical computer applications, this program offers a straightforward and useful starting point."
—The Journal of Family
"The software delivers on its stated goals of saving providers 1 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 1 year."
—ADVANCE for Nurse
Practitioners, January 1998
"With a little practice, even a computer-phobic physician can produce strikingly complete handouts in a minute or two."
"Once I had finished watching all the movies, I felt comfortable enough to begin using the program, even though I hadn’t even finished the written documentation."
"Written documentation is excellent."
"The program excels at the depth of information provided in the EduCare Templates."
Reviews, March 1997
"All the information in the templates is referenced, and the sources used suggest a solid foundation for the practice guidelines and the default medication choices offered."
"Prescription writing and printing struck me as one of the most exciting features of the program."
Reviews, March 1997
Medifor is an approved software vendor of Mutual Insurance Corporation of America, Kentucky Medical Insurance Company, and RML Insurance Company.
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If you are using the Patient Ed® system you may be eligible for insurance discounts in 14 states.
In KY, TN, and PA, call Kentucky Medical Insurance Company at (800) 467-1858. In IL, call RML Insurance Company at (800) 640-4765. In MI, MN, IN, OH, IA, FL, NV, NM, WI, and TX, call Mutual Insurance Corp. of America at (800) 748-0465.
This Health Education Material Has Been Reviewed Favorably By The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation