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Safety implications of missed test results for hospitalised patients: the use of electronic discharge summary systems
  1. Rob Mitchell1,
  2. Stewart Morrison2
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Townsville Hospital, Douglas, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Western Health, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rob Mitchell, Department of Emergency Medicine, Townsville Hospital, Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, Queensland 4814, Australia; mitchell.rob{at}

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In their recent article, Callen et al1 suggest that electronic discharge summary (DS) systems might ameliorate issues associated with missed test results for hospitalised patients. In fact, the use of information technology (IT) has long been proposed as a tool for enhancing the quality of DSs and, by extension, continuity of care.2–6

Simply switching to electronic DS systems will not be a panacea, however, unless the underlying factors that affect the quality and utility of DSs are addressed. These …

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