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Electronic discharge summary (EDS) systems

Electronic discharge summary (EDS) systems eliminate possible sources of error that may result when scanning or faxing paper-based discharge summaries.

Updating the National Guidelines for On-Screen Presentation of Discharge Summaries

Consultation submission has now closed and the review is underway. 

National Guidelines for On-Screen Presentation of Discharge Summaries

The National guidelines for on-screen presentation of discharge summaries specify the sequence, layout and format of the core elements of hospital discharge summaries, as displayed in clinical information systems.

The guidelines were developed through extensive research, consultation and iterative testing with more than 70 clinicians.

The guidelines are intended to be used by:

  • The medical software industry
  • Health service organisations that procure and implement systems that generate and present discharge summaries.


The guidelines are based on the best evidence available at the time of development. Healthcare professionals are advised to use clinical discretion and consideration of the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian when incorporating the guidelines into clinical practice, and applying information contained in the guidelines to electronic discharge summary systems.

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