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Lessons learned from the introduction of an electronic safety net to enhance test result management in an Australian mothers' hospital.

Georgiou A, Lymer S, Forster M, Strachan M, Graham S, Hirst G, Callen J, Westbrook JI - J Am Med Inform Assoc (2014)

Bottom Line: There were 27,354 inpatient test results for 6855 patients.The median time from when a result was first viewed to its acknowledgement was 7 min for laboratory and 1 min for imaging results.Electronic RA provides a safety net to enhance test result management.

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Affiliation: Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Distribution of time from report to acknowledgement by service.
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AMIAJNL2013002466F3: Distribution of time from report to acknowledgement by service.

Mentions: There were 27 354 inpatient test results (679 for imaging and 26 675 for laboratory) relating to 6855 patients (involving 7647 episodes of care) across the August 2011 to August 2012 period. The findings showed that all results in the hospital had been acknowledged, with 60% of laboratory tests (n=24 458; 95% CI 59% to 61%) and 44% of imaging tests (n=586; 95% CI 40% to 48%) acknowledged within 24 h (figure 3). The longest time to acknowledgement was for one imaging result which took 37 days and 20 h. The average time between report availability and acknowledgement for laboratory results was 1 day 15 h, with a median of 18.1 h. Of the laboratory results, 19.2% were acknowledged outside of 3 days and 1.1% outside of 10 days. The average time between report availability and acknowledgement for imaging results was 2 days 19 h, with a median of 1 day 18 h. For imaging results, 34.9% were acknowledged outside of 3 days and 3.7% outside of 10 days.


Lessons learned from the introduction of an electronic safety net to enhance test result management in an Australian mothers' hospital.

Georgiou A, Lymer S, Forster M, Strachan M, Graham S, Hirst G, Callen J, Westbrook JI - J Am Med Inform Assoc (2014)

Distribution of time from report to acknowledgement by service.
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AMIAJNL2013002466F3: Distribution of time from report to acknowledgement by service.
Mentions: There were 27 354 inpatient test results (679 for imaging and 26 675 for laboratory) relating to 6855 patients (involving 7647 episodes of care) across the August 2011 to August 2012 period. The findings showed that all results in the hospital had been acknowledged, with 60% of laboratory tests (n=24 458; 95% CI 59% to 61%) and 44% of imaging tests (n=586; 95% CI 40% to 48%) acknowledged within 24 h (figure 3). The longest time to acknowledgement was for one imaging result which took 37 days and 20 h. The average time between report availability and acknowledgement for laboratory results was 1 day 15 h, with a median of 18.1 h. Of the laboratory results, 19.2% were acknowledged outside of 3 days and 1.1% outside of 10 days. The average time between report availability and acknowledgement for imaging results was 2 days 19 h, with a median of 1 day 18 h. For imaging results, 34.9% were acknowledged outside of 3 days and 3.7% outside of 10 days.

Bottom Line: There were 27,354 inpatient test results for 6855 patients.The median time from when a result was first viewed to its acknowledgement was 7 min for laboratory and 1 min for imaging results.Electronic RA provides a safety net to enhance test result management.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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