Important Patient Information about Winthrop’s WEMR (Wound Electronic Medical Record) Research Project
While you are undergoing treatment at the Winthrop Wound Healing Center, you may be approached by one of our research team, asking for your consent to participate in a study involving our new Wound Electronic Medical Record, or WEMR. This digital record contains over 100 pieces of data that are routinely collected at our clinic from each patient, including medical and surgical history, wound characteristics, laboratory values, imaging studies, pathology and culture results, and the wound photographs that are taken at every patient visit.
By consenting to participate in this study, you are simply giving us permission to transfer your existing patient information into our highly secure WEMR system. Because the WEMR helps us carefully track patients’ healing progress while also providing information that can help guide wound treatment, we believe it will ultimately be shown to improve patient outcomes. Our ongoing research project is designed to study how the WEMR benefits patients, and how it can best be used to support wound physicians in choosing the best course of treatment.
Should you consent to participate in the study, it will not change anything about how we treat your wound. The only difference is that study participants receive a printout of their WEMR data sheet at the end of each visit to the Wound Healing Center.
Many study participants find that getting these updated printouts of their medical status allows them to be more engaged in their own healing process. If you participate in this project, besides receiving regular printout summaries of your progress, you will be making a valuable contribution to our understanding of the many factors involved in helping wounds heal successfully.
We thank you for taking the time to read this, and hope you will consider participating in this important research effort.