The forms were designed by Dr. John Spertus of St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., using an American College of Cardiology patient database. He’s also a partner in a new company, Health Outcomes Sciences, that plans to market the program.
Spertus said a study in England showed that of 100 post-surgery patients, 44 could not describe their procedure and 27 could not say what organ system was operated on.
"This represents the future direction of medicine, with safer and more cost-effective care,” he said.
James Kirkham was recovering at home in Rush Springs on Monday after undergoing angioplasty and a heart stent procedure last week at Integris.
The new form made it easy for him to understand the procedure and risks, said his wife, Jan.
"It was just wonderful,” she said. "Everything was in terms he could understand.”