Shira Fischer's recent publication in the Journal of the Americal Medical Information Association,Impact of health information technology interventions to improve medication laboratory monitoring for ambulatory patients: a systematic review, was featured in the What's New this Week (11/10/2010) section of the Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality's Patient Safety Network.
Her work has found that 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.
Ms. Fischer’s work was part of the Clinical & Population Health Research doctoral program process, which requires all students to prepare and submit for publication a systematic review based on their potential thesis topic. Ms. Fischer joins six other CPHR doctoral students who have successfully published their qualifying requirement systematic reviews.
Fischer SH, Tjia J, Field TS. Impact of health information technology interventions to improve medication laboratory monitoring for ambulatory patients: a systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2010 Nov 1;17(6):631-6.
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