A month ago I had a follow-up eye exam as part of a study of a new surgical technique. My previous visit had been a year earlier.
The tech doing the testing asked, "Have you lost weight?"
Though I'd never been porky, it was true, the jowls were a bit less burgherian. But good as they were as this clinic, it was unlikely she remembered me that well.
I glanced over at the screen displaying my records, and there was a forgotten file photo that must've been taken when I signed up for surgery two years ago.
Including the mugshot undoubtedly improved the patient service experience — techs and nurses can recognize and greet patients instead of announcing their names in the waiting area, for example. But does the photo make any difference in the quality of care?
A new study out of Israel suggests it might.
Radiologists reviewing scans accompanied by a patient photo discovered incidental findings, such as when a search for kidney stones turns up a tumor, at a significantly higher rate compared to when they viewed the same scans a month later, without the photo attached.
Now you know why this blog's masthead has my pic.