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J Hosp Med. 2007 Sep;2(5):336-42.

SynopSIS: integrating physician sign-out with the electronic medical record.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 94143-1211, USA. urmimala@stanfordalumni.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Safe delivery of care depends on effective communication among all health care providers, especially during transfers of care. The traditional medical chart does not adequately support such communication. We designed a patient-tracking tool that enhances provider communication and supports clinical decision making.

AIM:

To develop a problem-based patient-tracking tool, called Sign-out, Information Retrieval, and Summary (SynopSIS), in order to support patient tracking, transfers of care (ie, sign-outs), and daily rounds.

SETTING:

Tertiary-care, university-based teaching hospital.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

SynopSIS compiles and organizes information from the electronic medical record to support hospital discharge and disposition decisions, daily provider decisions, and overnight or cross-coverage decisions. It reflects the provider's patient-care and daily work-flow needs.

PROGRAM EVALUATION:

We plan to use Web-based surveys, audits of daily use, and interdisciplinary focus groups to evaluate SynopSIS's impact on communication between providers, quality of sign-out, patient continuity of care, and rounding efficiency.

CONCLUSIONS:

We expect SynopSIS to improve care by facilitating communication between care teams, standardizing sign-out, and automating daily review of clinical and laboratory trends. SynopSIS redesigns the clinical chart to better serve provider and patient needs.

(c) 2007 Society of Hospital Medicine.

PMID:
17935249
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