Handoffs, along with rounding and documentation, are all part of one overall clinical workflow. However disparate processes and tools have divided this workflow into separate steps, systems and procedures.
CareAlign is team-based technology that brings all these separate processes into one digital workflow. It eliminates paper workflows, providing a collaborative workspace where clinicians can manage their entire patient workload from one mobile device. It was designed to support standardization and streamlined communication.
Here are some of the specific ways that using CareAlign ensures effective patient handoffs:
Eliminate paper workflows. A web-based application built for dynamic, interdisciplinary workflows, CareAlign gives users easy access to handoffs, as well as EHRs, progress notes, rounding lists, and discharge summaries. It also fulfills ACGME handoff requirements.
Enable collaborative communication. The tool functions as a think space where clinicians can capture thoughts and collaborate with team members through sharable, patient-centered to-do lists and multi-user editing. This allows real-time updates from colleagues and reduces the risk of communication errors during handoffs.
Streamline, declutter, and save time. CareAlign allows easy archiving of information, avoiding inclusion of irrelevant notes. It also flags information from notes taken as a handoff item, which then shows up in the handoff document. This eliminates duplication of data entry – and saves time spent on administrative tasks.
Empower better decision-making. With more complete, updated information, clinicians can make on-point treatment decisions confidently and also have at-a-glance access to previous clinicians’ rationale and intent for earlier care decisions, which provides valuable context.