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Web tool reduces medical errors during handoffs

Residency Program Insider, August 5, 2016

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that implementing a web-based handoff tool cut medical errors nearly in half, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The tool scans patient medical records for the most critical information that physicians and other health workers need to know and automatically highlights them on a separate page. 

To test the tool, researchers surveyed residents who worked twilight—4 pm to midnight—and nightfloat—midnight to 7 am—shifts and checked for possible medical errors prior to the tool’s implementation beginning in February 2013. Researchers identified 77 errors from November 2012 to February 2013. The following year 45 errors were identified.      

Source: Kaiser Health News



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