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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Measuring and Improving the Safety of Test Result Follow-Up
Principal Investigator:

Hardeep Singh

Location: Houston, TX
Congressional District Code: 9
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: October 2018 - September 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $215,059
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Background: Electronic health records (EHRs) can improve communication processes but unique vulnerabilities remain. Failure to follow-up abnormal test results (“missed results”) is a key preventable factor in diagnostic delays in the VHA and often involves EHR-based communication breakdowns. Our work, as well as data from root cause analyses and malpractice claims in the VA, highlights many technical and “social” (i.e., workflow, organizational, people, and policy) variables that affect test res...

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