AHRQ Study: Using Electronic Triggers Can Speed Cancer Diagnosis
Electronic prompts can reduce the time it takes to diagnose colorectal and prostate cancer, as well as improve follow-up care, a new AHRQ-funded study found. The same kind of intervention could improve the timeliness of diagnosis of other serious conditions, the authors stated. Published online August 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the article described how using electronic health records (EHRs) helped primary care providers test for cancer earlier, thus improving diagnostic safety. The researchers tested whether the use of EHR-based “trigger” algorithms to identify patients at risk of diagnostic delays could reduce the time it takes to identify the need for cancer testing. They studied 72 primary care providers and records for an estimated 118,400 patients under their care from April 2011 to July 2012. Red-flag criteria were found in 10,673 records; of those, 11.8 percent were verified as at high risk for delayed diagnostic evaluation. Read the abstract for the study, “An Electronic Trigger-Based Intervention to Reduce Delays in Diagnostic Evaluation for Cancer.”
J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 24. pii: JCO.2015.61.1301. [Epub ahead of print]
Electronic Trigger-Based Intervention to Reduce Delays in Diagnostic Evaluation for Cancer: A ClusterRandomized Controlled Trial.
© 2015 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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