For physician hand-offs, does the same process have to be used throughout the hospital. Can different specialties use different methods of communication within their call group?
A. In the case of physician hand-offs, the process may vary among different specialties or settings of care. For a given setting or patient population or specialty, the process should be reasonably standardized in order that sufficient patient-specific information is consistently communicated to facilitate continuity of care and patient safety. Whatever the details of the hand-off process, there must be a defined minimum set of data about each patient that must be communicated when responsibility for the patient’s care is handed off.
As with other new healthcare technologies, proving the effectiveness of digital health innovations is a fundamental requirement of the healthcare system and the first step towards their implementation in clinical practice. You can read more about hospital management software here