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Type: Journal article
Title: Connecting hospital and community care: the acceptability of a regional data linkage scheme.
Author: Massy-Westropp, M.
Giles, L.
Law, D.
Phillips, P.
Crotty, M.
Citation: Australian Health Review, 2005; 29(1):12-16
Publisher: Australian Healthcare Association
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0156-5788
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Matthew Massy-Westropp, Lynne C. Giles, Deborah Law, Paddy A. Phillips and Maria Crotty
Abstract: Lack of information on an individual's premorbid needs and services in place can impede the transition from community to acute care. We report on a trial of an electronic data iinking system between Flinders Medical Centre and Metropolitan Domiciliary Care. A sample of 82 medical, nursing and allied-health staff across the organisations completed questionnaires concerning their level of satisfaction with the trialled system. Results supported the effectiveness of an electronic data linking system across the hospitalcommunity interlace. This system was effective in reducing labour costs, increasing organisational communication and devising appropriate discharge plans. Community staff indicated they were better informed about their client's medical and disability status and were able to play an active role in their client's treatment. This study provides more support to the implementation of a patient electronic data linking system focussed on older patients, with wider benefits including the reduction of unnecessarily long admission times and decreased demand on hospital beds.
Keywords: Humans
Medical Record Linkage
Attitude of Health Personnel
Community Health Nursing
Systems Integration
Middle Aged
Hospitals, University
Hospitals, Public
Home Care Services
Health Services for the Aged
Organizational Case Studies
Community-Institutional Relations
South Australia
DOI: 10.1071/AH050012
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