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  1. Joanne Callen,
  2. Andrew Georgiou,
  3. Julie Li,
  4. Johanna I Westbrook
  1. University of New South Wales, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanne Callen, University of New South Wales, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Faculty of Medicine, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia; j.callen{at}

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Mitchell and Morrison have raised some important concerns in relation to the creation and transmission of electronic discharge summaries.1 We agree that while electronic summaries hold the potential to improve information transfer across care settings, they can be disruptive to the workflow of doctors and are not necessarily of a higher quality than manual discharge summaries.2 Barriers to the use of electronic discharge summaries centre around technological and workplace issues including speed and functionality of discharge summary software, poor interoperability between systems within hospitals and externally, time pressures and interruptions on those completing discharge …

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