Clinical documentation: Easing the burden on physicians

As a palliative care physician, Dr. Beth Wolf experienced the complexity of communication. As she helped patients and families navigate issues related to pain or end-of-life care, she saw that the way clinicians communicate with each other was rich with opportunity for misunderstanding. So, how do we help physicians accurately document a patient’s true burden of illness without disrupting the delivery of efficient and compassionate care? Now, as a documentation champion at Roper St. Francis Healthcare (and an advisor to 3M), Dr. Wolf trains physicians on how to incorporate accurate and concise clinical documentation into their work with patients.

"When my words aren't interpreted the way that I intend it can result in significant patient distress and a complete uselessness of the data. I think we are living in a time when we can actually start to look at this data and make real, meaningful clinical decisions and interventions."
— Dr. Beth Wolf