Effective, safe handover of care is a key priority for healthcare organisations – the breakdown of this process can lead to serious adverse events in care outcomes. Shift-work patterns also create a greater emphasis on the continuity of information to be able to provide effective patient care and safety.
EMIS Health’s eHandover solution was developed in partnership with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. The solution is award-winning, being awarded ‘Best use of IT in patient safety’ in the EHI awards 2011, and in 2014 winning the HSJ ‘Value and improvement in medical technology’ award, for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust and their use of eHandover.
With a full audit trail and a range of reporting options, not only are patients and clinicians protected, but the trust can also use audit information as an education source to improve care and patient outcomes. The process is overseen by a senior clinician; to maintain a high standard of clinical governance, and supports the continuing education of junior Doctors.