By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Fresh data on Health and Medical Informatics are presented in a new report. According to news reporting out of Vancouver, Canada, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Ineffective handovers in patient care, including those where information loss occurs between care providers, have been identified as a risk to patient safety. Computerization of health information is often offered as a solution to improve the quality of care handovers and decrease adverse events related to patient safety."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Pediatrics, "The purpose of this paper is to broaden our understanding of clinical handover as a patient safety issue, and to identify socio-technical issues which may come to bear on the success of computer based handover tools. Three in depth ethnographic case studies were undertaken. Field notes were transcribed and analyzed with the aid of qualitative data analysis software. Within case analysis was performed on each case, and subsequently, cross case analyses were performed. We identified five types of socio-technical issues which must be addressed if electronic handover tools are to succeed. The inter-dependencies of these issues are addressed in relation to arenas in which health care work takes place."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We suggest that the contextual nature of information, ethical and medico-legal issues arising in relation to information handover, and issues related to data standards and system interoperability must be addressed if computerized health information systems are to achieve improvements in patient safety related to handovers in care."
For more information on this research see: Socio-technical issues and challenges in implementing safe patient handovers: Insights from ethnographic case studies. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013;82(12):E345-E357. International Journal of Medical Informatics can be contacted at: Elsevier Ireland Ltd, Elsevier House, Brookvale Plaza, East Park Shannon, Co, Clare, 00000, Ireland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; International Journal of Medical Informatics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506040)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Balka, Univ British, Dept. of Pediat, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Additional authors for this research include M. Tolar, S. Coates and S. Whitehouse.
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