The quality of electronic discharge summaries for post-discharge care - Hospital panel assessment and IT to support improvement
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Health Care and Informatics Review Online, 14(4), 8-17
Journal article (peer reviewed)
This paper assesses the quality of information in Electronic Discharge Summaries (EDSs) with respect to adequacy and specificity for optimal post-discharge care of the patient. The assessments were done by randomly selecting 40 EDSs of the patients discharged from two secondary care hospitals affiliated with Waitemata District Health Board. Irrelevant data in laboratory results, and insufficient management and follow up information to patients and primary care physicians are identified as the most common quality issues. The authors conclude by outlining an ongoing programme of work to support improvement of the quality issues using Information Technology (IT), with a focus on improving the patient advice section of the EDS with decision support to EDS authors and embedding of readability support in the EDS documents themselves.
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