Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes a cover story on sharing patient records in the hospital, coverage on superbugs from BIO 2015, and articles on the post-discharge visit, outpatient PE treatment, and multisite hospitalist directors.


Would you be willing to let patients see all your notes about them? Many primary care physicians have had to answer this question in recent years, but now it's become increasingly likely that hospitalists will have to face the issue, too. In this month's cover story, staff writer Mollie Durkin reports on some pilot projects allowing inpatients immediate access to their own medical records and gathers expert predictions about the possibility of this trend spreading from innovation to standard practice.

While patients are keeping a closer eye what hospitalists are doing, hospitalists might want to return the favor and focus on what happens to patients after discharge, according to a story about the post-discharge visit. With the ever-increasing focus on reducing readmissions, researchers are struggling to find an optimal model for post-discharge care that keeps patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Speaking of coming and going from the hospital, multisite hospitalist program directors are the focus of another story in this issue. Physicians who have been tasked with administering more than 1 hospitalist program at a time describe what it's like and how this management system affects the hospitals and hospitalists with whom they work.

On the clinical side, we've got conference coverage from BIO 2015 on the threat of antimicrobial resistance and a feature article about the growing trend of treating and releasing pulmonary embolism patients in the ED, including new scores and algorithms that should make this practice safer and easier. The Success Story describes a very safe and easy way to improve patient care: Give out reading glasses. Such an inexpensive solution to a widespread problem is a good example of high-value care, which is the focus of this month's Q&A and Test Yourself (from the new Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program 17).

As always, we appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to send us compliments, complaints, or story ideas.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief, ACP Hospitalist