Skip Navigation
The Collection >
Impact of health information technology interventions to improve medication laboratory monitoring for ambulatory patients: a systematic review.
Fischer SH, Tjia J, Field TS. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2010;17:631-636.

Failure to follow up on test results has been linked to missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting. Although electronic health records (EHR) hold great promise for addressing this issue, this systematic review found only modest published evidence linking EHR use to improved laboratory test monitoring. This finding corroborates other studies documenting persistent failure to comprehensively follow up abnormal lab tests and radiologic studies despite use of an EHR. The authors conclude that further research will be required to develop optimal test management systems within electronic medical records.

PubMed citation icon indicating hyperlink to external website
Available at icon indicating hyperlink to external website
white box
Related Resources
Frequency of failure to inform patients of clinically significant outpatient test results.
Casalino LP, Dunham D, Chin MH, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169:1123-1129.
Lost surgical specimens, lost opportunities.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. September 2005;2:1-5.
Adherence to black box warnings for prescription medications in outpatients.
Lasser KE, Seger DL, Yu DT, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:338-344.
View all related resources...
white box