Medical referrals: Closing the communication loop to improve care and avoid delays

Human thumb drives are not the answer to communication breakdown

NDIANAPOLIS - Individuals are frequently referred by their primary care physician to medical specialists -- oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, or dozens of others -- but for a significant number of these patients, the referral fails, adversely affecting their health care. A new study addresses breakdowns in the referral process and presents a prototype template using evidence-based design to improve communication about referrals among clinicians. Read more here: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/ri-mrc112718.php