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Pathology tickler: an HL7 monitoring system to provide clinical feedback
Author(s): Pattanasak Mongkolwat; Elizabeth Davis; Pankit Bhalodia; Harinder Singh; David S. Channin
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this project is to develop a software system to provide feedback to radiologists and other clinicians from interventional procedures in which they participate. Using Health Level Seven (HL7) traffic between the anatomy/pathology information system and other major information systems, we were able to develop a semi-automatic 'tickler' system that can notify clinicians of pathology results as well as the absence of pathology results after a specified time interval. By using this system, radiologists can get more rapid feedback concerning their interpretations and thereby learn to distinguish false positive from true positive cases. Potentially, fewer patients would fall through the follow-up cracks when using our system versus a paper-based method. The system demonstrates, among other things, how HL7 information can be a powerful tool at an institution when used for purposes for which it was not intentionally designed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5033, Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (19 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480671
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Pattanasak Mongkolwat, Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
Elizabeth Davis, Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
Pankit Bhalodia, Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
Harinder Singh, Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
David S. Channin, Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5033:
Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
H. K. Huang; Osman M. Ratib, Editor(s)

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