Flip No. 29

Create a health record “résumé”

Develop a one-page patient health summary for complex cases.

By Jess Jacobs and Whitney Zatzkin

In the workplace, a résumé captures decades of career accomplishments, education, and significant events in a short, often one-page document. Patients often have to navigate between multiple health professionals during an incident and recovery or when they’re dealing with complex health concerns. Over and over, they’re asked to repeat information about their health: their health history, what happened recently, diagnosis over time. With a health record “résumé,” a patient could summarize critical incidents, outline allergies and major surgeries, list medications and over-the-counter or nutrition highlights, as well as other critical information.