Tom Goetz of Wired Magazine compliments Dentistry for successfully educating and motivating a patient to better oral health.
He goes on to show how medicine in general can use graphical presentation of medical data (lab results) to make it easier for patients to understand their health status and by doing so, better motivate them to act on this new information. Just like how the bar graphs of pocket depths on the tooth graphics in the DecisionBase periodontal chart use color and graphics to show people the depth (severity) of their problem.
If you are considering the conversion from paper records to electronic digital patient records in your practice but think that this task might be a big challenge, you might find this video interesting on how the Mayo Clinic with its millions of patients converted to an electronic chart. We have helped more than one hundred periodontal and oral surgical practices accomplish this process.
Dr. Atul Gawande is an Endocrine Surgeon, New Yorker magazine journalist and who has described how check lists have enhanced healthcare on Charlie Rose’s TV show. He has uniquely applied checklists to medical practice in hospital ICU’s and surgical OR’s which have resulted in enhanced quality of care.
This use of checklists is at the heart of how you create chart notes in the DecisionBase clinical digital chart where it could help to increase the attention to detail that has enhanced healthcare in hospitals.