Triggers developed and tested in electronic health records effectively identified delayed follow-up evaluations in patients with suspected colorectal and hepatocellular cancers, according to an AHRQ-funded study. The triggers are based on algorithms that use data from laboratory testing, diagnosis, procedure and referral codes to determine patients at a higher risk for developing these cancers. Researchers reported that the algorithm accurately predicted delayed follow-up in 56 percent of colorectal cancer patients and 82 percent of hepatocellular cancer patients. The approach offers a more efficient method to identify delayed diagnostic evaluation of gastrointestinal cancers, researchers concluded. Access the abstract of the article, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug 10. pii: S1542-3565(17)30936-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.08.007. [Epub ahead of print]
Development and Validation of Trigger Algorithms to Identify Delays in Diagnostic Evaluation of Gastroenterological Cancer.
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Diagnostic Delay; Electronic Health Records; Health Information Technology; Medical Informatics; Primary Care