alexa Abstract | Electronic patient records: achieving best practice in information transfer between hospital and community providers - an integration success story

Quality in Primary Care
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Abstract

E¡ective healthcare integration is underpinned by clinical information transfer that is timely, legible and relevant. The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate a method for best practice information exchange. This was achieved based on the generic Mater integration methodology. Using this model the Mater Health Services have increased e¡ective community fax discharge from 34% in 1999 to 86% in 2002. These results were predicated on applied information technology excellence involving the development of the Mater Electronic Health Referral Summary and e¡ective change management methodology, which included addressing issues around patient consent, engaging clinicians, provision of timely and appropriate education and training, executive leadership and commitment and adequate resourcing. The challenge in achieving best practice informationtransfer is not solely in the technology but also in implementing the change process and engaging clinicians. General practitioners valued the intervention highly. Hospital and community providers now have an inexpensive, e¡ective product for critical information exchange in a timely and relevant manner, enhancing the quality and safety of patient care

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Author(s): Caroline Nicholson

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Innovative primary care, Primary care medicines, Advanced concepts in primary care

 
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