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Gupta A, Lacson R, Balthazar PC
Assessing documentation of critical imaging result follow-up recommendations in emergency department discharge instructions.
The purpose of this study was to facilitate follow-up of critical test results across transitions in patient care settings, the investigators implemented an electronic discharge module that enabled care providers to include follow-up recommendations in the discharge instructions. Implementation of a discharge module was associated with increased documentation of critical imaging finding follow-up recommendations in ED discharge instructions. However, one in four patients still did not receive adequate follow-up recommendations, suggesting further opportunities for performance improvement exist.
Citation: Gupta A, Lacson R, Balthazar PC . Assessing documentation of critical imaging result follow-up recommendations in emergency department discharge instructions. J Digit Imaging 2018 Aug;31(4):562-67. doi: 10.1007/s10278-017-0039-6..
Keywords: Emergency Department, Health Information Technology (HIT), Hospital Discharge, Imaging, Transitions of Care