Health Systems

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 112–121 | Cite as

Using electronic health records and nursing assessment to redesign clinical early recognition systems

  • Muge CapanEmail author
  • Pan Wu
  • Michele Campbell
  • Susan Mascioli
  • Eric V Jackson
Original Article


As health-care organizations transition from paper to electronic documentation systems, capturing the nursing assessment electronically can play a fundamental role in transforming health-care delivery. Especially in preventive health, electronic capture of nursing assessment, combined with vital sign-based monitoring, can support early detection of physiological deterioration of patients. While vital sign-based Early Warning Systems have the potential to detect signals of physiological deterioration, their clinical interpretation and integration into the workflow in hospital-based care setting remain a challenge. This study presents a clinical early recognition algorithm using electronic health records (EHRs) coupled with an electronic Nurse Screening Assessment (NSA) that targets various health assessment categories and its integration into the nursing workflow. Data was collected retrospectively from a single institution (N=2,405 visits). χ 2 tests showed significant differences between algorithms with and without NSA (P<0.01). This study provides a practical framework for facilitating the meaningful use of EHRs in hospitals.


early warning system nurse assessment physiological deterioration 



This study was conducted collaboratively including the Value Institute (VI) Health Care Delivery Science (HCDS) Team and Christiana Early Warning System (CEWS) Team at Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muge Capan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pan Wu
    • 1
  • Michele Campbell
    • 2
  • Susan Mascioli
    • 3
  • Eric V Jackson
    • 1
  1. 1.Value Institute, Christiana Care Health SystemNewarkU.S.A.
  2. 2.Office of Quality and Patient Safety, Christiana Care Health SystemNewarkU.S.A.
  3. 3.Nursing Quality and Patient Safety, Christiana Care Health SystemNewarkU.S.A.

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