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Broaddus Hospital Improves Medical Transfer Process
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 28, 2014 @ 4:09PM
Created on July 28, 2014 @ 3:40PM
Photo Credit: Tracy Fath, Davis Health System
A successful partnership with the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) has helped Broaddus Hospital improve their electronic medical record, otherwise known as an EMR. As a result, more efficient communication is expected during medical transfers.
The hospital joined the Emergency Department Transfer Communication pilot project last year. The purpose of the project is to monitor and improve provider communications during patient transfer.
“Continuous quality improvement is a priority at Broaddus Hospital. In this project we focused on improvements to communication among our medical team and other physicians and care providers during patient transfers.  The modifications made to the EMR form support better patient care which is the desired outcome for improvement measures," said Catherine Schola, RN, BSN, Director of Quality and Risk Management at Broaddus.
As part of the project, Broaddus staff members worked with Patti Connelly, a Lead RN Project Coordinator with WVMI, to begin sharing data electronically instead of using a paper-based transfer process. Working together, the teams evaluated the necessary criteria and components needed in the EMR and made changes to update the transfer form and the process. 

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