Notification about Tests Pending at Discharge May Improve Care Transitions
June 13, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
An intervention involving an automated system that e-mailed notifications to physicians about tests pending at discharge from the hospital was found to improve clinician awareness about the patient's status and care transitions. More than 76% of attending and primary care physicians reported that they were aware of pending tests, compared with 38% of those who did not get notified, finds a study published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The study, based on data from 441 patients, was conducted at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Although the study took place in a hospital setting, the findings are applicable to any setting in which transitions in care could lead to missed tests and premature discharge to the next step in the care continuum.