The Ins + Outs of Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC)

The Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) measure aims to provide a means of assessing how well key patient information is communicated from an emergency department (ED) to any health care facility. The measure is applicable to patients with a wide range of medical conditions (e.g., acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory compromise, and trauma) and is relevant for internal quality improvement purposes and external reporting to consumers and purchasers. 


Funding for this course was provided by the Health Resources Services Administration, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 93.241).

Target Audience

Quality and Emergency Department Professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Learn where to locate the EDTC Data Specifications Manual
  • Understand how to define the population for the EDTC measure
  • Discuss strategies for EDTC measure improvement
  • Review the EDTC measure individual data elements and discuss common instruction misunderstandings
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Robyn Carlson, RHIA, CPHQ

Over her 20 years as quality reporting specialist at Stratis Health, Robyn has earned a reputation as the “go-to” resource for questions regarding quality measure specifications, medical record abstraction, and data submission, both among the hospitals she has supported in Minnesota as well as nationally among critical access hospitals and state Flex programs. As a Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance (RQITA) team member, she has developed the MBQIP Quality Reporting Guide and several abstraction training videos to help those new to abstraction and reporting. She also leads Abstraction for Accuracy, an inter-rater reliability and education process to help CAHs improve data collection processes and abstraction accuracy. Robyn worked with the University of Minnesota Rural Research Center to develop a detailed data collection guide for the Emergency Department Transfer Communications Measure. Robyn has a degree in health information management from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN and is a certified professional in health care quality.

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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