Disparities limit the effect and benefit of a web-based clinic intake system

Michael M. Shipp, Madhuli Y. Thakkar, Kavya K. Sanghavi, Kenneth R. Means, Aviram M. Giladi

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With increasing value being placed on patient-centered care and the focus on efficiency and workflow in health care delivery, the authors have implemented a web-based system for demographic, medical history, and patient-reported outcomes data collection for every clinical visit at their specialty upper-extremity center. They evaluated initial success and disparities in use after 12 months. The authors evaluated questionnaire parameters from 2018 patients, focusing primarily on the new patient intake form. They analyzed form-completion time relative to appointment time and form-completion percentage at various times before the appointment. The authors grouped patients by age, sex, race, income, education, employment status, transportation access, self-reported pain, and quality-of-life scores. Waiting room time was evaluated. Of new patients, 94% used the web-based platform to complete the intake form. Of the 4898 completed forms, 69.7% were done more than 1 hour before appointment time, indicating that a personal device was used. When grouped by patient characteristics and controlling for all demographic factors, patients who were male, non-White, and older than 40 years; had lower family income; and had a high school education or less were significantly associated with later form completion. Of the 1136 patients for whom the authors had adequate waiting room time data, late form completion significantly increased odds of waiting more than 15 minutes to be placed into an examination room. These data indicate that the authors are reliably capturing important patient information before appointment time. This could improve clinical workflow and overall quality of care and also identify limits in access and online system use, providing opportunities to improve capture by developing targeted interventions for specific patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E434-E439
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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