Providing patients with proper and comprehensive care in the most quick and efficient manner is a benchmark that all healthcare practitioners are continually aspiring to; with the key to success being to streamline time-consuming tasks, eliminate redundancies, and reign in points of potential error.
Structured reporting, and the advanced technologies that come along with it, give the modern provider all the tools needed for efficient workflow and minimize the potential for error. Below are several examples of how:
- Auto-populating measurements
Structured reporting allows measurement data to flow directly from the imaging modality into the report. All measurements, including user-defined measurements, done on the modality console can be set to auto-populate. This eliminates the need for manual transcription, significantly reducing reporting time and removing the potential for transcription error. Some platforms even allow for on-image re-measuring within the viewer application to correct measurement mistakes post-exam.
- Complete reports for improved diagnostic accuracy
Structured reporting provides guided workflow that prevents the omission of key information that could lead to misdiagnosis or redundant care. Clinical leadership can work with the vendor to create customized reports that always contain the data they require, employ easily understood terminology, and follow an easy-to-read format, for use throughout the organization. When a physician wishes to create a data-complete report, it as simple as making a series of selections, checking a few boxes, and filling in data fields from the first section to the last. The process is quick and the final product is a report that contains all the required data, finished in a fraction of the traditional reporting time.
- Data-rich for identifying inefficiency and improving quality
Structured reporting produces a wealth of clinical and quality data that can aggregated and used with analytics to identify error, redundant care, and inefficiency. Criteria such as a specific measurement, a common impression, a common finding, a missing value, and much more can be used to build comprehensive queries for clinical and organizational insights. Advanced analytics give the modern healthcare organization the advantage of real-time quality snapshots for immediate improvement action as well as quick attention to incomplete studies that could otherwise lead to complications in care.
Traditionally, reporting speed and report accuracy have had a complicated relationship. Hand-written or dictated reports that lack structure have a high chance to omit clinically important information. Structured reporting ensures that all the correct and required data is included while significantly reducing time spent, allowing for quicker diagnosis and more time to be spent on providing patient care.
Contact us to learn more about how VidiStar structured reporting can help improve reporting workflow and reduce error within your organization.
Written by Michael Rachmilowitz, Informatics Product Manager, Hitachi Healthcare Americas