Boston doctor launches video series statewide

New 'realistic' videos use people, real procedures

Published  6:55 PM HST Mar 29, 2013
HONOLULU -

"We're a visually literate society and patients want these tools to empower themselves," said Dr. Angelo Volandes.

Dr. Volandes, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General, is also the founder of the Nous Foundation and ACP Decisions.

He is working with real people, in real settings, to help patients understand what's happening and what they might be asking for.

"I said there is this video I want to watch with you," he recalls telling a patient several years ago when he started his video production work.

Dr. Volandes recently produced more than 30 videos for 40 medical facilities in Hawaii and in several languages.

"That is a huge a deal, to have someone who speaks and is from your community," he said.

"We can go ahead and play and rewind," began registered nurse Tracey Hewitt, who works with outpatient services at Straub Clinic & Hospital.

Straub, along with the Hawaii Pacific Health system, has been using EMMI animated videos with great results too.

"As they live through their treatment and see what they thought they knew and what actually they experience it's all together different," said Hewitt.

Hospitals nationwide are getting great results with video programs.

An EMMI report shows one mainland hospital saw surgical cancelations drop by 2/3rds.

Another saw consultation times drop by 75 percent.

And at Straub, 94 percent of patients say they had their questions answered.

Dr. Chris Spies at Queens Medical Center just started using his I Pad Mini and is testing out a series of APPS.

"I also do procedures with the elderly who have a hard time hearing what I'm saying so it very easy just to show them a little clip," said Spies.

"When I ask if they have any questions they say, 'No. That covers it all,'" he said.

It is combining real world scenes, animation, and Apps to bring the medical world into the 21st century.

"This is not just a one person team, this is a whole group of people who believe in educating patients," said Volandes.

Dr. Volandes held a series of clinical trials before he released his more "real life" videos.

In the case of CPR for example, he said he had a doctor explain the procedure to one group, and then showed the video to another group.

He said about 90 percent of the video group changed their mind, and opted not to have CPR.

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