Patient Oriented Discharge Summary

Most hospitals in the world provide some variation of Patient-Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) system, which was designed with input from patients and medical professional. Can improve the experience of patients as they transition home.

The period following discharge from hospital is a vulnerable time for patients. Communicating essential information patients need to know the moment they leave hospital seems sensible but is often challenging in practice for several reasons: Patients do not understand medical terms, might not be fluent in the local language, cannot memorize verbal instructions, or are too stressed at the time of illness to absorb information.

Before discharge, members of the medical care team should work collaboratively with the patient, focusing on five key areas:

  • information on signs and symptoms to watch out for,
  • medication,
  • changes to routine,
  • follow-up appointments,
  • essential information or resources need to transition

Elder patients are often anxious about going home; they are also usually put into care oversite of a loved-one who becomes the primary caregiver. Using LifeCarePortal discharge process to build a circle of care around the patient needing long-term care oversite. This helps both the patient and the new family caregiver feel a greater sense of control. In the long-term LifeCarePortal will help reduce stress and provide accountability for all concerned.

The benefit for hospitals and other healthcare professional is they can participate in the outpatient care, ensuring better accountability and transparency, ensuring the patient is doing the what their regiment for the best recovery possible. Medication is taken, follow-up appoints are done, therapy tasks are performed regularly, and people are looking for the ageing patient.


Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked*