Making sense of it all…

Diagram

It’s one thing to have oodles of data, but quite another to organize it well for another physician to review.  Not all systems are conducive to this.   The one I use allows me to provide tabular and graphical lab results to consultants, thereby simplifying interpretation.   Similarly, I can send the text of diagnostic imaging reports, or a PDF of the actual paper report, or both.  A good narrative is key, and is the most time consuming part of writing a good referral note.   The digital record of my referral letter is quite useful if a consultant is not available or suggests redirecting the consult to a colleague.   Just change the recipient address and send again!

Here’s a helpful commentary from an online source.

http://blog.canadianemr.ca/canadianemr/2013/09/quality-of-documentation-in-emrs-better-or-worse-than-paper.html

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