eDischarge helps manage summertime patients in Cornwall

By Jamie Thompson
03:36 PM

Cornwall’s population doubles every summer, putting extra pressure on Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) as the hospital’s pediatrics department is flooded with young patients suffering from illness or injury while on holiday. The eDischarge solution from IMS MAXIMS helps the hospital manage patients more efficiently, ensuring faster service.

The system expedites administration so discharges can be handled more quickly, meaning a higher bed turnover rate. Roughly 70 percent of patients admitted to the hospital during this time of year need to be hospitalized for less than 24 hours.

Additionally, a complete discharge summary is given to the family before they leave. Copies of the summary are sent to the family’s primary physician if they come from outside of the country. If the patient is local, the summary can be sent electronically to the primary physician.

Up to 20 patients a day are discharged by the hospital’s pediatric department, and the eDischarge system has already handled about 4500 cases since its implementation at RCHT. eDischarge is now being used in the gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology departments and the hospitals hopes that the system will be used for all inpatient activity over the next 12 months.

All information in the eDischarge summary is stored in a database in case the patient returns, and also for research purposes.

“As the database builds up we can begin to analyze the information in all sorts of ways so we can understand exactly what sort of cases we get, when they tend to occur and also look at the outcomes,” said Yadlapalli Kumar, MD, consultant pediatrician at the Truro hospital. “This is very valuable for planning patient services and for identifying the best care pathways.”

The solution has also been integrated with RCHT’s ePharmacy system, allowing clinicians handling discharges to check the accuracy of medications, quantities and dosages that have been supplied.

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