As part of the HITECH act, the federal government spent over $35 billion to incentivize the adoption of electronic health records (EHR).
Unfortunately, HITECH failed to mandate that these EHRs interoperate with other technologies. The result: 98% of all eligible hospitals have now demonstrated meaningful use of certified health IT, but health information is rarely exchanged without clinicians having to sign out of one system and into another.
Question Does the UW-IPASS standardized handoff affect clinician communication in the intensive care unit?
Findings In this single-institution cluster randomized stepped-wedge clinical trial, the use of a standardized handoff curriculum resulted in a significant 3% decrease in communication errors, without any change in the duration of the handoff. Seventy-three percent of clinicians reported that participation in the curriculum improved team communication and patient safety.