Parrish Medical Center (PMC) believes that the more information patients
have about their healthcare, the better outcomes they will experience.
This is why PMC offers its patients access to Emmi, a free, online educational program.
Emmi is a series of online presentations that makes complex medical information
easy to understand. Using plain language, animation and graphics, Emmi
educates patients about upcoming surgery procedures, chronic conditions
Research supports the value and efficacy of the programs. In a randomized
controlled study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and the
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, researchers found that patients
who had viewed an Emmi program about their upcoming procedure had decreased
anxiety, lower sedation medication requirements and shorter procedure times.
University of Chicago Medicine found improved scheduled procedure attendance
for patients who had viewed an Emmi program—more than 30 percent.
“Currently, the Emmi programs are being scheduled within Pre-Admission
Testing, Sleep Medicine and Women’s Health,” said PMC Vice
President, Acute Care Services, Edwin Loftin. “Emmi Solutions supports
the ability to message patients through our secure web portal. Additionally,
the multimedia programs can be formatted for viewing within the patient-facing
portal, providing patients with a single website for all their healthcare
PMC continually monitors the program. In one survey, 100 percent of patients
viewing an Emmi program said they would take new action in managing their
health. Patient comments include: “Wow! I’m very impressed
with this system. It covers just about everything needed to know before
my procedure. It answered a lot of questions as well.” “Very
informative as to what to possibly expect when time comes for the radiation
portion of my treatment.”
Patients are not rushed with Emmi. Each program is approximately 15-30
minutes and can be watched at the patient’s convenience –
whether it is from the comfort of their own home or wherever there is
There is no limit on how many times a program can be viewed and programs
can be stopped and restarted at any time. A summary of information can
Self-registration is available for patients scheduled for an upcoming procedure
or for those with a chronic condition. Sometimes as part of a patient’s
care plan, a healthcare provider may issue a unique access code to view
Emmi programs. Visit parrishmed.com/emmi for more information and to view
the wide range of free Emmi programs.