Information and communication processes in the microbiology laboratory-implications for computerised provider order entry

Andrew Georgiou*, Joanne Callen, Johanna Westbrook, Mirela Prgomet, George Toouli

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Abstract

The aim of this multi-method study based at a microbiology department in a major Sydney metropolitan teaching hospital was to: i) identify the role that information and communication processes play in a paper-based test request system, and ii) examine how these processes may affect the implementation and design of Computerised Provider Order Entry (CPOE) systems. Participants in this study reported that clinical information can impact on the urgency and type of tests undertaken and affect the interpretation of test results. An audit of 1051 microbiology test request forms collected over a three-day period showed that 47% of request forms included clinical notes which provide a variety of information often vital to the test analysis and reporting process. This transfer of information plays an important role in the communication relationship between the ward and the laboratory. The introduction of new CPOE systems can help to increase the efficiency of this process but for that to be achieved research attention needs to be given to enhancing the provision and communication of clinical information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2007 - 12th World Congress on Medical Informatics
EditorsKlaus A. Kuhn, James R. Warren, Tze-Yun Leong
Place of PublicationAmsterdam; Washington, DC
PublisherIOS Press
Pages943-947
Number of pages5
Volume129
ISBN (Electronic)9781607502661
ISBN (Print)9781586037741
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 20 Aug 200724 Aug 2007

Publication series

Name Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Volume2

Other

Other12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period20/08/0724/08/07

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