Decision Making and Clinical Work of Test Result Follow-up in Health IT Settings

AHRQ R01HS022087 (PI – Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH 2013-2017) A significant number of patients with abnormal test results “fall through the cracks” of the health care system and experience delays in diagnosis and treatment. Although electronic health records enhance the communication of abnormal test results, they do not guarantee the prompt follow-up that is required for timely care. We propose to study test result follow-up practices across healthcare institutions that use various electronic health record systems to understand why abnormal test results are missed.

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