Scientific article
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Use of simulated physician handoffs to study cross-cover chart biopsy in the electronic medical record

Published inAMIA Annual Symposium proceedings, vol. 2013, p. 766-775
Publication date2013
First online date2013-11-16

Clinical handoffs involve the rapid transfer of patient information from one provider or team to another, through activities which may introduce errors and affect care delivery. "Cross-coverage" requires quickly familiarizing oneself with unfamiliar patients whose management plans were established by another provider or team. Through this work, we describe physicians' information seeking approaches within an electronic medical record (EMR) during physician handoff and chart biopsy at a major academic medical center. We conducted simulated handoff sessions and interviews with 21 physicians using standardized patient cases and we analyzed screen capture data, and video and audio recordings of interactions with the EMR and handoff printouts. We found highly variable navigation of the EMR but greater similarity in physicians' EMR navigation behavior when the chart review was prompted by simulated interruptions. Understanding how physicians seek and assimilate patient data can inform handoff tool design and suggest strategies for explicitly supporting EMR chart biopsies.

  • Computer Simulation
  • Data Mining
  • Electronic Health Records / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Patient Handoff
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
KENDALL, Logan et al. Use of simulated physician handoffs to study cross-cover chart biopsy in the electronic medical record. In: AMIA Annual Symposium proceedings, 2013, vol. 2013, p. 766–775.
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ISSN of the journal1559-4076

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