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The Effects of a Results Management System on Physician Awareness of Post-Discharge Test Results

This study has been completed.
Harvard Risk Management Foundation
Information provided by:
Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 2, 2005
Last updated: March 1, 2007
Last verified: August 2005
This project aims to define the problem of results that return after patient discharge and to study the implementation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)-based system for tracking these results.

Condition Intervention Phase
Medical Record Systems, Computerized
Behavioral: Hospitalists Results Manager
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: The Effects of a Results Management System on Physician Awareness of Post-Discharge Laboratory and Radiology Results

Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Detailed Description:
The transfer of care at hospital discharge is complex and requires the transmission of large amounts of data between inpatient physicians (hospitalists) and outpatient physicians (PCPs), including information about pending tests. Frequently, laboratory and radiology tests are not finalized until after a patient is discharged, and when the responsibility for these pending results is not clearly defined, they can be missed. Our project aims to define the problem of these post-discharge results and to study the implementation of an EMR-based system (Hospitalist Results Manager, HRM) for tracking these results on the hospitalist services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The project consists of two phases: a cross-sectional study before intervention to define the epidemiology of post-discharge results, and a randomized trial of HRM to determine its effect on physician awareness of these results.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Admitted under enrolled study Attendings at the two study locations
  • Patient had test result finalized after discharge and prior to subsequent admission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Test result noted in discharge summary
  • Test result not clinically actionable
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00146354

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02120
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Risk Management Foundation
Principal Investigator: Tejal K Gandhi, MD, MPH Brigham and Women's Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00146354     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003P000551
Study First Received: September 2, 2005
Last Updated: March 1, 2007

Keywords provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Electronic Medical Record
Electronic Results Tracking
Patient Safety
Post-Discharge Test Results processed this record on May 25, 2017