Journal Article

Development and validation of electronic health record–based triggers to detect delays in follow-up of abnormal lung imaging findings.

Murphy DR, Thomas EJ, Meyer AND, et al. Radiology. 2015;277:81-7.

Delays in follow-up of abnormal test results are known to contribute to delayed and missed diagnosis. Investigators developed and validated an electronic trigger to identify potential delays in follow-up of abnormal chest computed tomography scans. This study found that more than half of the flagged cases had a true diagnostic delay. This work should lead to prospective evaluation of trigger approaches to enhance test result follow-up.