AMA submission to the National e-Health Transition Authority on Implementing electronic discharge summaries: the junior medical officer perspective

19 Nov 2010

The discharge summary fulfils an important role in providing continuity of care for patients. In the context of the broader implementation of e-health strategies across the Australian health sector, electronic generation and transmission of discharge summaries are becoming commonplace; however, installation of this technology is not without risks or challenges.

The AMA Council of Doctors-in-Training has made a submission to the National e-Health Transition Authority on electronic discharge summaries. The paper examines, from the junior medical officer perspective, impediments to creating high-quality discharge summaries and presents solutions to the barriers identified.