Navigation Links
Docs Miss Test Results -- Even With Alerts
Date:9/28/2009

Communication woes still plague medical system, researchers find

MONDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Even an advanced, computerized medical-record system with alerts cannot guarantee that patients will receive timely follow-up care when imaging tests turn up signs of trouble, new research suggests.

"Our findings suggest that an electronic medical record that facilitates transmission and availability of critical imaging results to the health care provider through either automated notification or direct access of primary report does not eliminate the problem of missed test results even when one or more health care providers read the results," write the authors of a study in the Sept. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

According to the authors, communication breakdowns are blamed in cases when doctors don't follow-up on abnormal test results. In some cases, all the doctors involved in a patient's care don't receive information about, say, a lung mass.

Researchers set up alert notifications to let doctors know about abnormal test results at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. They checked to see whether the doctors followed up with the patients.

Doctors failed to follow up in a timely fashion on nearly 8 percent of the alerts that showed signs of possible problems.

"Nearly all abnormal test results lacking timely follow-up at four weeks were eventually found to have measurable clinical impact in terms of further diagnostic testing or treatment," the authors wrote.

They are calling for more effective systems to make sure doctors pay attention to abnormal test results.

More information

To learn more about medical tests, see the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.



--Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: American Medical Association, news release, Sept. 28, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Haemacure Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
2. Brooke Franchise Corporation Announces Selected July Results
3. AKELA Pharma Inc. announces positive results for the extension part of its Phase IIb Fentanyl TAIFUN(R) trial
4. Somanetics Corporation to Release Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Host Conference Call September 19
5. The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes EURIDIS/ADONIS Study Results Showing Dronedarone Maintained Sinus Rhythm in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter With no Observed Pro-Arrhythmia
6. NBTY Announces Preliminary Unaudited Net Sales Results For August 2007
7. Martek Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results
8. MDS Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
9. Authentidate Holding Corp. to Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2007 Year End Results on Thursday, September 13, 2007
10. Robbins & Myers to Release Fourth Quarter and 2007 Fiscal Year Results on Monday, October 15, 2007
11. NMHC Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Financial Results
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Docs Miss Test Results -- Even With Alerts 
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils ... an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic ... 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, affiliated with ... as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. , Dr. ... handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He stands by ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic ... Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP ... that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group ... Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville ... an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading ... and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced ... Series-A funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed ... other private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate ... the market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ITASCA, Ill. , June 23, 2016  In a startling ... states are failing their residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan ... , a definitive ranking of how states are tackling the ... rating to only four states – Kentucky , ... and Vermont . Of the 28 failing states, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , a ... its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... on June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: