The Effects of a Results Management System on Physician Awareness of Post-Discharge Test Results
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This project aims to define the problem of results that return after patient discharge and to study the implementation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)-based system for tracking these results.
Condition or disease
HealthyMedical Record Systems, Computerized
Behavioral: Hospitalists Results Manager
The transfer of care at hospital discharge is complex and requires the transmission of large amounts of data between inpatient physicians (hospitalists) and outpatient physicians (PCPs), including information about pending tests. Frequently, laboratory and radiology tests are not finalized until after a patient is discharged, and when the responsibility for these pending results is not clearly defined, they can be missed. Our project aims to define the problem of these post-discharge results and to study the implementation of an EMR-based system (Hospitalist Results Manager, HRM) for tracking these results on the hospitalist services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The project consists of two phases: a cross-sectional study before intervention to define the epidemiology of post-discharge results, and a randomized trial of HRM to determine its effect on physician awareness of these results.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Admitted under enrolled study Attendings at the two study locations
Patient had test result finalized after discharge and prior to subsequent admission