At the University Children's Hospital Heidelberg the concept of ‘Developmental, Family-Centred, Individual Care of Premature Infants and Newborns’ was introduced to support optimal growth of premature infants. This interdisciplinary concept requires cooperation of different specialists. A well operating communication is a precondition for such cooperation.
As a patient's record is not only used for storing information but also for exchanging information, the question was if a complete electronic patient record (EPR), in contrast to the existing patient's record, could sensibly support this new concept of care. To answer this question the whole communication of the staff in the infants ward was analysed using different observation methods. These observations delivered several issues which showed that an EPR could improve communication and workflow. Therefore an EPR for the neonatology at the University Children's Hospital Heidelberg can now be designed on the basis of our communication concept.
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