An electronic health record system used in two large Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals detected 163 patients whose follow-up treatment was delayed despite abnormal test results for a thyroid-stimulating hormone. AHRQ-funded researchers developed and tested the trigger system that reviewed the records of nearly 300,000 patients being treated for hypothyroidism. Authors of the study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concluded the trigger algorithm can support efforts to improve follow-up care. Access the abstract.
J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jan 30. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-3988-z. [Epub ahead of print]
Electronic Detection of Delayed Test Result Follow-Up in Patients with Hypothyroidism.
electronic algorithms; hypothyroidism; patient safety; test result follow-up; thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH); triggers