Computerisation of emergency department clinical attendance records

PETER A. CAMERON, JOHN COLERIDGE, JOSEPH EPSTEIN

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Abstract

A relatively simple computerised emergency department (ED) attendance record was installed at the Western Hospital with no increase in staffing. The system allows for the entry of patient information and file creation, triage classification, diagnosis and disposition details. A McDonnell Douglas ED module (1988 version), upgraded at Western Hospital, was installed one year prior to the study period. Such systems have the potential to allow data from the 4,000,000 ED annual attendances in Australia to be analysed productively. The recent interest in workload indices and casemix funding formulae has added impetus to the need to computerise ED attendance records. Data entry was performed by clerical staff at the time of registration and following discharge. Diagnostic coding was performed by hospital medical officers. The introduction of the computerised attendance records was associated with no increase in staffing and was accepted by the staff with minimum difficulty. 1992 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalEmergency Medicine
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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