After Visit Summaries (HLOL #152)

image001-2Alex Federman. MD, MPH, is an aging-focused health services researcher at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research addresses chronic illness self-management in older adults and focuses on health literacy, cognition and health-related beliefs. Dr. Federman also provides primary care to adults in clinic and home-based settings in New York City.

In this podcast, Dr. Federman talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • After Visit Summaries (AVS), electronic health records, and other ways for patients and providers to exchange information.
  • Language, formatting, and other reasons AVS are not yet ideal patient summaries.
  • Ways providers and patients can use AVS to increase understanding and improve the delivery of care.

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 4, 6, 9, 16, 30

Read the transcript of this podcast.


  1. I am finding some frustrations with our after visit summaries in that they are incredibly dense and filled with “nice to know” versus “need to know” information. I would be interested in learning more about Dr Federman’s research and perhaps even inquire about whether he would be interested in other participants in his study. I would be very interested in exploring the possible opportunity to have our facility included. We are a safety net hospital with an extremely diverse patient population. Our patients could benefit from improvements in our AVS.
    Thanks for considering.
    Best, Deb Whitney
    Professional Development Specialist, Patient Education
    Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

  2. Alex Federman says

    Please contact me and we can discuss.

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