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Title: Facilitating better discharge processes and a superior patient experience at Epworth.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Grummet, Jeremy
Muhammad, Imran
O'Connor, Louise
Keywords: Surgery
Standard Care
Patient Satisfaction
Video Conferencing
Post-Operative Inpatient Review
Staff Satisfaction
Surgeon Satisfaction
Effective Discharge
Cost Savings
Electronic Discharge Solution
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
UroRenal, Vascular Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Week 2018
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Introduction: For patients undergoing surgery, a standard care scenario requires that their surgeon review them post-operatively to check their progress. This is usually done by the specialist in person before they may be discharged. However, in Australia given that most specialists work at multiple institutions; reviewing ward rounds can be delayed for numerous reasons, which in turn delays management decisions and discharge and may lead to lower patient satisfaction among other problems. Aim: to establish 1. Proof of concept of video conferencing capabilities as an adjunct for post-operative inpatient review. 2. If using video conferencing as an adjunct for post-operative inpatient review will provide improved patient, staff and surgeon satisfaction, more efficient/effective discharge including 70% of patients discharged by 10 AM, and will provide cost savings. Methods: A mixed method clinical trial with 200 patients is being conducted at Epworth to demonstrate proof of concept of the electronic discharge/video conferencing solution. A two arm non-blinded study design is adopted. 100 patients are in the control arm, which utilizes standard care approaches to discharge while 100 patients are in the intervention arm which utilizes the electronic discharge solution. Clinicians include urologists and nurses who administer their normal duties regarding discharge to both arms of the study. The only difference being that the intervention arm utilizes discharge with the electronic discharge/video conferencing solution. Conclusions: Initial directional data has highlighted the merits of this approach. There is still some tweaking to be done regarding optimizing sound and video with the videoconferencing tool.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Clinical Trial
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics
Research Month
UroRenal, Vascular

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