Project Information

Description of Outpatient Medication Fast Discharge Process

Project Description: This project aims to characterize the FAST process at UF Health Shands Hospital in terms of its use and typical patient population so that it may further be optimized. Currently, social work has been paying for medications through this FAST process for patients at time of discharge due to a variety of reasons, such as patients not being able to obtain insurance, issues with insurance acceptance, and preferred locations not having medications, for example. As a part of this project, I will be characterizing the type of patients that are utilizing this particular method of obtaining critical medications, what medications are being obtained and also looking at the reason for utilization of the FAST process for individual patients. I will also be looking at the process itself by looking at the forms for the FAST process to assess appropriate use. My aim is to use these results to further improve upon the FAST process.

QPI: Anna, Cosnahan, (


Advisors: Tara, Higgins, (; (

UF Health Big Aims: Enhance the Patient Experience None

MeSH Keywords: discharge, financial assistance, pediatric, social work, medications