Monday, March 14, 2005

Critical Laboratory Result Management and the EMR

Numerous studies have shown the lack of an overall uniform system of receiving laboratory and imaging studies via our present paper medical record. Numerous authors outline their studies on our present system with suggestions as to how to improve it. The development of a regional health information system would reduce many errors of omission.

Weblink
"Introduction: Communicating Critical Test Results," Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, February (www.jcrinc.com/subscribers/journal.asp?durki=9030&site=14&return=8739)
"Issues and Initiatives in the Testing Process in Primary Care Physician Offices," Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, February (www.jcrinc.com/subscribers/journal.asp?durki=9033&site=14&return=8739)
"Communicating Critical Test Results: Safe Practice Recommendations," Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, February (www.jcrinc.com/subscribers/journal.asp?durki=9032&site=14&return=8739)
"Fumbled Handoffs: One Dropped Ball after Another" abstract, Annals of Internal Medicine, March 1 (www.annals.org/cgi/content/abstract/142/5/352)
"Missing Clinical Information During Primary Care Visits" abstract, Journal of the American Medical Association, Feb. 2 (jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/293/5/565)

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