A significant number of patients are reported to not receive timely completion of their recommended follow-up intervention following the interpretation of their imaging studies, contributing to patient deaths resulting from inaccurate or delayed diagnosis. Though automated critical test notification systems and computerized communication mechanisms currently exist, many institutions are discovering that there continue to be gaps in the completion of follow-up recommendations. Herein, we describe how we developed and implemented a closed-loop program dedicated to identifying such gaps and ensuring patients were aware of and received appropriate follow-up.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging