The Connect Care clinical information system (CIS) is much more than a typical electronic health record. It seeks to improve continuity of information, relationships and intent in service of a coherent patient and provider experience.
Relational continuity is supported by good communication. Communication happens when one person or group relays information to another person or group. Documentation happens when information is managed to serve as a record.
Communication Norms are about what CIS users expect of one another for effective, efficient, safe and respectful information sharing within and between groups. All clinicians should familiarize themselves with the Norms, then gather in their clinical groups, learn the basics, discuss norms and then derive a group “Communications Pact” to guide clinical communication behaviors in their area.
Different communication tools support different needs.
- Telephony Tools facilitate direct (mobile call) or indirect (automated telephone reminders) voice communications.
- Facsimile Tools allow fax communications to be sent to external physicians and pharmacies until those groups adopt newer communication technologies.
- Commenting Tools allow information to be shared with clinical groups when a patient chart is viewed in Hyperspace.
- Messaging Tools allow information to be sent directly to specific individuals or groups via desktop or mobile devices.
- Documentation Tools can be configured to automatically forward or copy a summative clinical note to an external information system or, through eDelivery/fax/mail to an external facility.
Communication tools available to Connect Care users include:
- Mobile Call Links (ability to initiate telephone calls directly from Haiku, Rover)
- Automated Telephone Appointment Reminders
- Outgoing communications and prescription
- Incoming communications
- Summative Clinical Documents