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When patients follow-up with their primary care physicians after receiving acute care, the physicians may have to rely upon the patients' discharge documentation for care coordination. Recognizing that the reliance on these discharge documents is more frequent than providers suspect, human factors experts teamed with primary care physicians to evaluate the usability of these documents for the purpose of care coordination. Based upon this evaluation, recommendations were generated for creating discharge documents that will be useful and usable for patients, caregivers, and primary care physicians.

During the HIMSS18 Conference and Exhibition, Erin Sparnon, engineering manager at ECRI Institute, will lead a session titled “How Useful Are Discharge Documents for Care Coordination." In this session, Sparnon will identify the challenges in assessing usability of electronic health records (EHRs), describe a novel method for conducting heuristic evaluations of medical documentation, and share best practices for improving discharge documents.

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Erin Sparnon, MEng​Sparnon_Erin.jpg

Engineering Manager

In Health Devices Group at ECRI Institute, Erin Sparnon leads a team of engineers and analysts in the testing and evaluation of medical devices, as well as accident and forensic investigations involving device failures. She also coordinates with ECRI Institute’s risk and patient safety departments to help shape electronic health record (EHR) and health information technology (HIT) safety initiatives. Sparnon contributed research to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority as a Senior Patient Safety Analyst, coauthoring a landmark survey analysis of safety events related to the EHR.

Other topics Sparnon speaks on include:

  • Infusion Safety Technologies
  • Medical Device Integration

​The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

ECRI Institute is a proud endorser of the HIMSS18 Conference and Exhibition.

Sands Expo Convention Center
201 Sands Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169

​Visit the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's conference website for more information and to register for the HIMSS18  Conference and Exhibition.

As an official collaborator of HIMSS, ECRI Institute members receive the member discount to attend this conference. To receive the discount, visit the conference website and select “Register Now”.  Select "ECRI" from the “Conference Collaborating Organizations” drop down in the registration process, and enter the code "H18PARTNER."