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Electronic tracking system can improve follow-up after an abnormal Pap test
Date:8/20/2010

ution, and increased the number of women who achieved diagnostic resolution," added Dupuis. "Most EMRs in use today do not have such tracking systems developed. Our data suggests that such systems can improve patient safety and patient care."

The researchers believe a combination of both systems and patient barriers impede adequate abnormal Pap test follow-up. Patient barriers include difficulty in keeping follow-up appointments, limited understanding of the significance of the abnormality and other life-issues taking priority. Systems barriers include failure of the provider to be aware of an abnormal result, and limited capability to systematically track patients who do not keep follow-up appointments. "Our program addressed the systems barriers by giving providers tools to allow them to more easily track subjects after an abnormal Pap test. Our higher baseline follow-up rates may already reflect some of the benefits of an EMR system; however, delays persisted without a tracking system," said Dupuis.


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Contact: Jenny Eriksen
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center
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