NHS Digital has commissioned the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) to identify the standards required for digital ED discharge summaries.
Structured standards are needed to enable coded information from ED discharge summaries to be sent to and re-used in GP practice systems without human transcription or re-entering details into a computer. This would improve timeliness and patient safety, reduce the risk of transcription errors and, by ensuring the information follows the patient journey, improve continuity of care.
They have developed a draft set of information for use in the emergency care discharge summary in consultation with clinicians, patients and health informaticians. These have been aligned with the related Emergency Care Data Set project, which aims to provide a consistent and improved level of information from Emergency Departments. This should make it possible for healthcare professionals in emergency departments to record once in the patient record and for data to be extracted into both a discharge summary and an Emergency Care Data Set.
They are now seeking views on which items in the draft information set should be included in an ED discharge summary via a survey. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. Your views are important and will help ensure that the project’s intended outcomes and recommendations are practical and fit for purpose.
The survey and supporting documentation can be found here. The closing date is 12 noon on 31 October.