Dr. David Bates clicked through the app's many functions – test results, care team, medications, food – each a snapshot into a patient's needs and status.
But the program, unlike most electronic medical records, wasn't designed for the doctor. This platform was created for patients.
"The notion is to change the way care is delivered," said Bates, senior vice president for quality and safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The pilot program, available to every ICU and oncology patient in the hospital, is opening up access to the medical record.
With tablets installed with the app at the bedside, doctors are providing patients and their family with information, widening the lines of communication, and creating clear goals and expectations for patient care and progress.
The work has been ongoing since last September thanks to a $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and $700,000 from the Brigham.
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