Video discharge way to go

Doctors have long been aware that patients often struggle with their hospital discharge instructions but that’s set to change thanks to the humble USB stick and starry-eyed doctors.

Dubbed CareTV, the Alfred Hospital is piloting a ‘video discharge’ program for patients who are given a USB stick or DVD containing a 3-5 minute video, starring their medical team.

Designed to improve patient understanding of their diagnosis and treatment plan, the USB details post-discharge recommendations with the aim of improving clinical outcomes.