A study of information management in the patient surgical pathway in NHS Scotland

Bouamrane, M.-M. and Mair, F. (2013) A study of information management in the patient surgical pathway in NHS Scotland. In: 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, Medinfo 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20- 23 Aug 2013, 557 -561. ISBN 9781614992899 (doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-289-9-557)

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We conducted a study of information management processes across the patient surgical pathway in NHSScotland. While the majority of general practitioners (GPs) consider electronic medical records systems as an essential and integral part of their work during the patient consultation, many were not fully satisfied with the functionalities of these systems. A majority of GPs considered that the national eReferral system streamlined referral processes. Almost all GPs reported marked variability in the quality of discharge information. Preoperative processes vary significantly across Scotland, with most services using paper-based systems. Insufficient use is made of information provided through the patient electronic referral leading to a considerable duplication of tasks already performed in primary care. Three health-boards have implemented electronic preoperative information systems. These have transformed clinical practices and facilitated communication and information-sharing among the multi-disciplinary team and within the health-boards. Substantial progress has been made towards improving information transfer and sharing within the surgical pathway in recent years. However, there remains scope for further improvements at the interface between services.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Medical informatics, Medical informatics applications, Information systems, Integrated advanced information management systems
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bouamrane, Dr Matt-Mouley and Mair, Professor Frances
Authors: Bouamrane, M.-M., and Mair, F.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RD Surgery
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
518342The use of Information and Communication Technology to integrate the preoperative assessment of patients awaiting surgery across primary and secondary care in ScotlandFrances MairScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)PDF/09/09IHW - GENERAL PRACTICE & PRIMARY CARE