The days for rushed, scribbled handoffs or a quick phone call must end if patients are to be cared for safely.
ATLANTA (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Ingenious Med, the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution, has released a white paper, “Closing the Safety Gap in Patient Handoffs: Leveraging Technology to Build the Safety Net.”
According to the report, written by Dr. Glenn Focht, medical director at Boston Children’s Hospital, “The days for rushed, scribbled handoffs or a quick phone call must end if patients are to be cared for safely. At the same time that this clinical need is growing, the time demands for hospitalists, house officers and hospital-based providers are increasing.”
The paper examines the breakdowns in communication that take place during patient handoffs, often causing harm to the patient. According to a 2008 study cited in the paper, 58.3 percent of house officers reported at least one patient experienced minor harm during their most recent rotation due to problems with handoffs.
“Hospitalized patients will experience less harm only when physicians are successful in managing the growing number and complexity of handoffs,” said Focht. “As an initial step, organizations must embrace and endorse the best clinical practices for effective handoffs.”
The paper discusses four best practices that ensure safe, effective and sustainable handoffs:
- Human Resources: Orientation to expected standards, provider training in handoff skills, and ongoing feedback and evaluation of handoffs.
- Medical Staff Governance: Standardizing expectations as part of credentialing and re-credentialing and building effective sign-outs/handoffs into OPPE and FPPE for new providers.
- Acquisition and use of enabling technology to assist in the work of handoffs.
- Scheduling of shifts and time for face-to-face handoffs.
To download the entire white paper, visit http://www.ingeniousmed.com/request-a-white-paper.
About Ingenious Med
Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for more than 22,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s Inpatient Physician Management Platform is the nation’s largest charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. The cloud-based, charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit http://www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.