Docs using EMRs more compliant in medical image reviews

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Electronic medical records improved physician compliance for the review of portal images, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The findings demonstrate that review of portal images–which verify a patient’s positioning for imaging treatments like X-rays–should be the norm, study co-author Andre Konski, M.D., said in a statement.


The study examined reviews for 411 portal images, about half of which were conducted through an EMR, and half of which were performed manually, via radiographic film or printouts. For the images reviewed via EMR, 1 percent (2 out of 207) incurred violations (unsigned films, no date documented when signed by an attending physician, etc.), while 25 percent of images reviewed by hand (51 of 204) incurred violations.


“The only violation incurred with checking portal images on the EMR was having images checked after more than one business day,” the authors wrote, according to a draft of the study obtained by FierceHealthIT.


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