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Amazing Charts EHR Clinical Tech Tip: Infographics Are Cool; Understanding Infographics and Why They’re Needed

Not all clinicians are natural storytellers, and we get bogged down by delivering dry facts in an intelligible and engaging manner.  Couple that with an audience of nervous patients overwhelmed by a new diagnosis or troubled by a chronic problem and the key message often gets lost.

Enter infographics. According to Dictionary.com, an Infographic is a visual image, such as a chart or diagram, used to represent information or data. Infographics are quick, concise, and, contextual. They generate interest.   

Patient education materials should grab attention and keep it so the message will get across to the patient.  Infographics can improve comprehension by pairing the picture with the interpretation.  Pictures are easily recalled but can be misinterpreted, infographic provides text to avoid that issue and when you show relationships among ideas it promotes greater understanding.  Once the patient understands the information he needs to remember it.  The addition of pictures to health education written or spoken text will increase free recall.

An infographic can simplify the conversation and be taken home as a handout for easy reference.  The pictures are often universal and not restricted by knowledge of a specific language.  Infographics can be particularly beneficial for patients with low literacy skills, because health professionals have a tendency to use technical language, which is more precise and, for them, more familiar [i][1]

They are usually paired with text to clarify their meaning and broken down into subsections with a flow that’s easy to follow and understand.  Because they are easy to read and remember they are essential for patient education.  

Pictures are not a substitute for complex or abstract explanation but adding pictures to written and oral instruction helps with the four elements of effective communication of health information.[ii]


  1. Attention
  2. Comprehension
  3. Recall
  4. Adherence


Consider whether Infographics can play a role in your practice:

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 You can store these in Practice Documents within Amazing Charts.


The CDC, The American Heart Association, and many other organizations as well as commercial ventures make infographics available.  You can choose the infographic that fits your style.   Reference to above infographics does not indicate Amazing Charts endorsement.




[i] Using pictographs to enhance recall of spoken medical instructions



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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00065-2

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[ii] http://healthliteracy.worlded.org/visuals_in_health.pdf


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