• Journal Article

Supporting patient care beyond the clinical encounter: three informatics innovations from partners health care

Citation

Poon, E. G., Wald, J., Bates, D. W., Middleton, B., Kuperman, G. J., & Gandhi, T. K. (2003). Supporting patient care beyond the clinical encounter: three informatics innovations from partners health care. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 1072.

Abstract

As the focus of medicine moves from acute episodic care in the hospital to chronic disease management in outpatients, the primary care physician will play an increasingly important role in the coordination of patient care activities. Traditional outpatient informatics systems have largely focused on the workflow during the clinical encounter. Many tasks, including management of test results,coordination of subspecialty referrals and communication between patients and the practice,remain unsupported. When these tasks are not performed well, quality of care, patient safety and satisfaction may suffer. To address these issues ,Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA has recently developed several applications to address these issues. This demonstration will showcase 3 of these new applications: i) Results Manager, ii) Referrals Manager and iii) Patient Gateway. All interoperate with a browser-based electronic medical record already used by over 500 primary care physicians at Partners Healthcare