Electronic Health Record Triggers Can Identify Patients With Suspected Lung Cancer, Study Indicates
A “trigger” algorithm in electronic health record (EHR) systems can be used to identify patients who may have cancer for whom follow-up screening was delayed, according to an article and abstract that were published online May 11 in the journal Radiology. The research, supported in part by an AHRQ grant, sought to establish whether an EHR-based trigger notification could identify delays in follow-up of imaging results that suggested lung cancer. Researchers designed the trigger as an alert to notify clinicians when a patient with an abnormal lung imaging result did not receive a follow-up diagnostic evaluation in a timely manner. They tested it in a large health care facility over a one-year period. In that period, 89,168 patients visited the facility, 24,829 had at least one chest image taken and 538 had findings that radiologists flagged as suspicious. The trigger algorithm identified 131 patients, of whom 75 were found to have a delay in follow-up action, which was confirmed through a manual review of records.
Radiology. 2015 May 11:142530. [Epub ahead of print]
Development and Validation of Electronic Health Record-based Triggers to Detect Delays in Follow-up of Abnormal Lung Imaging Findings.
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