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Stephen Archer

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 21:51

Thanks Roy. I agree. The communication issue is huge and relates both to human communication issues (sign over, bedside rounds etc) and the quality of the electronic health record (EHR). Once we get an EHR that provides automated prompts re: physician order entry, facilitates sign off of tests, flagging critical values, and collects electronic chart entries in a readily searchable manner....we will be better positioned to avoid error. However, having worked in a hospital with a full install of EPIC, even the best EHR does not substitute for a Culture of Quality. The work that you and your Quality committee are doing to develop programs that enhance quality in the Department/Hospital is essential. Its nice to see some of the early successes, like the electronic handover tool..I look forward to other advances such as more regular physician progress notes, improved adherence to the sepsis protocol you and colleagues developed etc. Keep up the great work.

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Stephen Archer
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