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The need for closed-loop systems for management of abnormal test results.

Zuccotti G, Samal L, Maloney FL, et al. Annals of internal medicine. 2018;168:820-821.

Failure to follow up abnormal test results can lead to a delayed or missed diagnosis. Using data from a single institution, researchers observed that while more than 99% of abnormal mammograms received appropriate follow-up, only 91% of abnormal Papanicolaou (Pap) smears did. They suggest that improving workflow processes and ensuring appropriate use of health information technology can help optimize test result follow-up.