Magna Doodle in lieu of Reader Circle

23. April 2008
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A tablet-PC in the waiting room keeps the patients happy and provides information about anamnesis and health to the physician in advance. That saves time and keeps the patients from getting eager. And as a side effect it can be used to present the doctor's office.

Sure, yellow press and lady’s magazines and the entire range of reader circle magazines dominate in your doctor’s office as well. But is that really necessary? Actually not. At least in the US more and more tablet-PCs are piled on the end tables of doctor’s offices. They look like those Magna Doodle playboards children scribble on with special pens. A simple move with a magnetic slide wipes out any ever so excessive scribblings – just like magic.

Check-in by WLAN-Doodler

Just calm down – not even in the US physicians go to toy stores buying a packet of ten Magna Doodles by Fisher Price. In the meantime it is called Doodle Pro anyways which would make it a little less embarrassing to ask for it. After all it sounds a bit more like office computer stuff and professional use. No, physicians receive a visitor of Phreesia, in its subhead calling itself “The Patient Check-in Company”, which gets rid of its Magna Doodle clone also called “Phreesia” free of charge. And what’s the point of it? Well, the tablet-PC with touchscreen is created to capture a structured patient interview prior to the actual physician-patient meeting. Of course the actual data scanned during this interview varies from office to office. Phreesia allows to create a random number of interviews here which the patients fill in during waiting time.
The filled-in sheet is sent automatically to a printer via a WLAN infrastructure included in the supply and printed out for the physician to have all information available for the meeting. According to house advertising of the company, the product is supposed to be compatible to at least some of the information systems used by medical facilities in the US or will be made compatible thus allowing a certain individualization of the questionnaires. For example it should be possible to address the patient targeted regarding a symptom mentioned during his last visit – which does not mean that the doctor should stop talking completely.

At least as smart as I am: My tablet-PC

Everyone can see how it works by taking a look at the short videos on the homepage of Phreesia. You can select between a product-demoversion and a cartoon film which somehow throws us back at the toy association again. Anyways, Phreesia-Doodle seems to get down well with physicians respectively its users: “We do not have to change our familiar procedures at all!” cheers for example Crystal Comer, coordinator of a doctor’s office for inner medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “Phreesia improves the patient’s satisfaction, speeds up the admission and leads to more productive patient-physician meetings”, joins the physician Alicia Andrews of Tulsa, Oklahoma. And Dr. Raj Goyal from Hudson, Florida, even sees congeniality: “I can improve my patient care with the help of questions stimulating my way of thinking”.

Compatible with the People Magazine: Phreesia!

As mentioned, the whole thing is free of charge for the physician. Even if one of the devices gets stolen or damaged there will be no costs according to the company. Of course the entire thing is financed by advertising, but most likely other guidelines apply in the US compared to here.
It is hardly noteworthy that tablet-PC devices in waiting rooms have to have additional functions. Just two keys words: Practice specialties or individual services for example.
A couple of computer games won’t hurt as well, especially if waiting times are long. Eventually you even might save some money with such a solution: Because you keep your patients happy electronically, you might as well cancel the subscription for magazines. In case of any queries: You might want to enable the website of the People Magazine in your waiting room. Now you really have made everyone happy…

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