Tracking the patient journey by combining multiple hospital database systems

Wong, Andy, Kozan, Erhan, Sinnott, Michael, Spencer, Lyndall, & Eley, Robert (2014) Tracking the patient journey by combining multiple hospital database systems. Australian Health Review, 38(3), pp. 332-336.

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With new national targets for patient flow in public hospitals designed to increase efficiencies in patient care and resource use, better knowledge of events affecting length of stay will support improved bed management and scheduling of procedures. This paper presents a case study involving the integration of material from each of three databases in operation at one tertiary hospital and demonstrates it is possible to follow patient journeys from admission to discharge.

What is known about this topic? At present, patient data at one Queensland tertiary hospital are assembled in three information systems: (1) the Hospital Based Corporate Information System (HBCIS), which tracks patients from in-patient admission to discharge; (2) the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) containing patient data from presentation to departure from the emergency department; and (3) Operation Room Management Information System (ORMIS), which records surgical operations.

What does this paper add? This paper describes how a new enquiry tool may be used to link the three hospital information systems for studying the hospital journey through different wards and/or operating theatres for both individual and groups of patients.

What are the implications for practitioners? An understanding of the patients’ journeys provides better insight into patient flow and provides the tool for research relating to access block, as well as optimising the use of physical and human resources.

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ID Code: 88644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1071/AH13070
ISSN: 0156-5788
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 AHHA
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2015 01:12
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 01:12

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