The use of an electronic medical record (EMR) for reviewing portal images dramatically improves compliance with timeliness and record keeping, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Portal images are used to verify the positioning of patients during daily radiation treatments to improve the accuracy of the radiation field placement, to reduce exposure to normal tissue and to deliver accurate dose to tumor volumes.
“The benefits of the implementation and utilization of an EMR have been well documented. Other studies have shown that the use of EMR’s improves the quality of care, saves time and decreases cost,” said Andre Konski, MD, MBA, MA, co-author of the article. Konski is chief of radiation therapy at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center; and professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at theWayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.
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