The signout discharge summary system: Using workflow byproducts to pre-populate and assemble discharge summaries

Joseph Kannry, Preetham Bilumane, Jill Goldenberg

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Abstract

At the time of hospital discharge, communication between inpatient and outpatient physicians is poor. Multiple studies demonstrate that discharge summaries, a means of improving information exchange between inpatient and outpatient providers, are frequently not available to the outpatient provider at the time of the post discharge visit. We have constructed a web-based solution for generating discharge summaries, SignOut Discharge Summary System (SDSS) which uses the workflow byproduct of SignOut data to pre-populate summaries, a post-discharge preparation module to ensure quality, a discharge edit module to designate accurate discharge summary assignment, and integration with HIM. SDSS had 1130 unique users in a recent period and captured signout information for 75% of hospitalized patients. The system has generated 78740 D/C summaries for 17 specialties since going live July 2005. Overall SDSS is responsible for 69% of all hospital discharge summaries and SDSS discharge summaries on average are available 1.91 days after discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives in Health Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages25-31
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781607507086
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume164
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Keywords

  • Electronic discharge summary
  • Housestaff
  • Signout system
  • Timely completion
  • Workflow byproduct

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