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New for you: Legacy set to adopt standardized discharge summary

July 2013

You asked for it.

On July 9 Legacy Health hospitals are scheduled to begin using the standard discharge summary developed through the Health Share of Oregon Health Commons Grant.

The need for a standard summary has been a recurring topic among physicians in Legacy communication forums, including "Dinner & Dialogue" sessions, medical executive committee meetings, surveys and email communications.

The standardized hospital discharge summary will be sent to primary care providers with the goal of communicating a patient’s diagnosis, procedures, medication changes and condition at discharge. Narratives are brief and relevant to primary care.

"This is a key step toward streamlining a patient’s transition from acute care to a medical home," says Melinda Muller, M.D., Legacy vice president and project lead. "This discharge initiative operationalizes a standard community process with enhanced electronic communication, integrated workflows and role-based accountability."

Legacy is leading the "standard transitions" Health Commons Grant initiative with Multnomah County. The new discharge summary has been piloted since the beginning of the year at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. It will eventually roll out to Providence, OHSU and the regional community.

For more, read Developing Community-Based, Standardized Hospital-Discharge Summaries, a white paper by Intel Healthcare.

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