Proceedings of the AMIA 2009 Annual Symposium

The Effect of Computerized Resident Sign-Out on Clarity

Problems with the exchange of information between physicians during a change-of-shift may contribute to as many as 80% of cross-cover errors. According to a survey of Internal Medicine chief residents, few residency programs have systems or training in place for the comprehensive transfer of patient care. Recent efforts to develop sign-out systems focused on centralization of data, elimination of duplicate data entry, and standardization of data format. We present a before-and-after study to measure the effectiveness of a computerized system for resident sign-out in an Internal Medicine residency program.

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