At last! A web-based solution for outsourcing the surgeon-patient relationship! Why ask your doctor about your major operation, when you can fill out a web-form and watch a flash video instead?
Ah, but seriously, we recognize the need for a service like Emmi (it gets patients up-to-speed on the basics, while leaving more time for surgeons to handle specifics. And cut into things). In fact, we’re pretty impressed with Emmi, though we’re still not sure what those letters stand for:
Emmi is an Internet-based, multimedia program that gives you a very clear sense of what to expect before, during and after your surgery. It will answer many of the common questions that you may have and you can type in other questions specifically for your doctor. You can view Emmi at your pace, learn about the condition and procedure and ask the right questions. You can also view Emmi with friends, family and those who will be supporting you during your surgery.
And for docs and administrators, there’s the added benefit:
Emmi reduces the malpractice risk for hospitals and surgeons by providing irrefutable evidence that a patient was presented with the appropriate information, particularly the risks and benefits, prior to undergoing a surgical procedure. Patients are also given the opportunity to ask questions or signal concerns.
Demos are available for Emmi-Prep, but like they say, they offer more — including post-op care packs… And even Columbia is using them — did President Clinton have to watch the flash video before his surgery?
Via the Patient’s Doctor