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MediSign: using a web-based SignOut System to improve provider identification.

Authors
  • Kannry, J
  • Moore, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Proceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Pages
550–554
Identifiers
PMID: 10566419
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Continuity of care necessitates communication between the primary providers of inpatient and outpatient care. Communication requires identification of providers in addition to clinical information. We have constructed a web-based SignOut System to improve provider identification. The web-based SignOut System correctly identified the provider for 100% (34/34) of patients in 1997 and 93% (37/40) of patients in 1998. The hospital bed census correctly identified the attending provider for 50% (17/34) of patients in 1997 and 73% (29/40) in 1998. When analyzed by attending type (i.e., service and private,) the SignOut System correctly identified 86% of service providers in contrast to the hospital bed census that correctly identified 57% of service providers. Both the SignOut System (100%) and the hospital bed census (95%) had superior results in identifying private attendings. The web-based technology provides a familiar user interface and ubiquitous workstation access.

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