Synoptic reporting is the electronic capture of clinical information in a standardized and structured way. This supports the development of structured patient care summaries that can be used by a health care team to plan and provide patient care. This electronic approach to reporting improves the quality of care for patients by enabling clinicians to gain timely access to concisely-reported and clinically-relevant information, which enables better care planning.
For example, pathologists can provide reports in a structured, consistent way, which improves the completeness and usability of their findings. Likewise, clinicians can transmit standardized information about a surgery from the point of care to other members of the patient’s health care team — such as medical and radiation oncologists and family physicians — within minutes using surgical electronic synoptic reports. Using synoptic reporting systems, clinicians can more easily assess adherence to clinical evidence and safety procedures that are embedded in the reporting templates. Surgeons can review the results of their own practices or those in their community. Ultimately, patients will benefit from safer care and improved communication among health care providers.
Infoway invested with partners in synoptic reporting projects throughout the country to demonstrate how this innovative technology improves care and to encourage adoption.