Earlier Hospital Discharge With Prospectively Designated Discharge Time in the Electronic Health Record

Hospital discharge requires multidisciplinary coordination. Insufficient coordination impacts patient flow, resource use, and postdischarge outcomes. A team of authors including HIP Investigator, Dr. Ryan Coller implemented a prospective, multidisciplinary discharge timing designation in the electronic health record (EHR) and evaluated its association with discharge timing.

The group found that the implementation of a prospective, multidisciplinary EHR discharge time designation was associated with more before-noon discharges. Next steps include replicating results in other settings and determining populations that are most responsive to discharge coordination efforts.

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