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Automatically inserted technical details improve radiology report accuracy.
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PMID:  21889750     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of automatically inserted technical details on the concordance of a radiology report header with the actual procedure performed.
METHODS AND MATERIALS: The study was IRB approved and informed consent was waived. We obtained radiology report audit data from the hospital's compliance office from the period of January 2005 through December 2009 spanning a total of 20 financial quarters. A "discordance percentage" was defined as the percentage of total studies in which a procedure code change was made during auditing. Using Chi-square analysis we compared discordance percentages between reports with manually inserted technical details (MITD) and automatically inserted technical details (AITD). The second quarter data of 2007 was not included in the analysis as the switch from MITD to AITD occurred during this quarter.
RESULTS: The hospital's compliance office audited 9,110 studies from 2005-2009. Excluding the 564 studies in the second quarter of 2007, we analyzed a total of 8,546 studies, 3,948 with MITD and 4,598 with AITD. The discordance percentage in the MITD group was 3.95% (156/3,948, range per quarter, 1.5- 6.1%). The AITD discordance percentage was 1.37% (63/4,598, range per quarter, 0.0-2.6%). A Chi-square analysis determined a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups (P < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: There was a statistically significant improvement in the concordance of a radiology report header with the performed procedure using automatically inserted technical details compared to manually inserted details.
Hani H Abujudeh; Siddharth Govindan; Ozden Narin; Jamlik Omari Johnson; James H Thrall; Daniel I Rosenthal
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1558-349X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Radiol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101190326     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Radiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  635-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
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