Posted on 11. June 2015 · Posted in apps, BLOG, project info

Screenshot of the CLAS App

Accurate, comprehensive transfer of information about prescribed medicines across the healthcare interface is essential to ensure consistency between the treatment provided in hospital and in the community, and to ensure patient safety through the avoidance of medication-related inaccuracies. However, deficits in communication are widely reported. In 2009 a national survey of UK primary care General medical Practitioners (GPs) reported that they considered the information received on a discharge summary when a patient is transferred from secondary to primary care to be inadequate. They had particular concerns about discharge summary accuracy, timeliness and detail regarding medication changes.

Both junior doctors and medical students have reported receiving inadequate guidance and training on how to write discharge summaries. In order to begin to address these issues the PATIENT project team developed the CLAS App. The CLAS app is an itemised checklist and scoring system to help medical students and junior doctors write better discharge letters. It based on the “Cork Letter-Writing Assessment Scale” (created by Bridget Maher) at University College Cork (UCC) and was adapted into an app as part of the PATIENT project. The CLAS mobile app is designed to standardise and improve handover communication between hospital and General Practice.

Within PATIENT we further developed the CLAS App and created a semantically correct translation of the CLAS checklist items into German, Spanish and Catalan. This new version was renamed to CLAS App Multiple Languages (CLAS App ML). The language setting of the App is connected to the language setting of the mobile device on which it is installed. On a mobile with Spanish language settings, the CLAS App will be presented in Spanish; on a German phone it is presented in the German language. If the language on the mobile is not English, German, Spanish or Catalan, the default language for the CLAS App is set to English. Further we made the CLAS app available for the Android Operating System and for Apple iOS devices:

The App is available at:

The Google Playstore: CLAS App ML at Android

and at iTunes: CLAS App ML at iTunes

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Pat Henn