27 July 2015


How to improve the transfer of electronic discharge summaries

​Risks to patient safety can occur on discharge from hospital, when vital information is not transferred quickly to GPs and community-based services.


Risks to patient safety can occur on discharge from hospital, when vital information is not transferred quickly to GPs and community-based services. There are no common standards for the way that information is carried in discharge summaries, which means that discharge information often needs to be re-entered on the GP computer system, which risks errors occurring. There is an urgent need to improve patient safety and continuity of care by developing standardised electronic discharge summaries.

The PRSB's report details findings from an on-line consultation with professionals and patients about creating common information standards for electronic discharge summaries, which will improve patient care and safety. It recommends how to implement discharge summary work in the NHS.

Go to: 'Transforming patient safety with e-discharge summaries' to download the reports

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