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

Zuccotti G, Samal L, Maloney FL, et al. The Need for Closed-Loop Systems for Management of Abnormal Test Results. Ann Intern Med. 2018;168(11):820-821. doi:10.7326/M17-2425.

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April 25, 2018
Zuccotti G, Samal L, Maloney FL, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2018;168(11):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.

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Zuccotti G, Samal L, Maloney FL, et al. The Need for Closed-Loop Systems for Management of Abnormal Test Results. Ann Intern Med. 2018;168(11):820-821. doi:10.7326/M17-2425.