ImproveDx Newsletter

March 2019
Volume 6 | Issue 2

New Pennsylvania Law Requires Patient Notification for Abnormal Imaging Results

By Susan Carr

Despite years of sincere improvement efforts, communication gaps in reporting critical test results persist. Pennsylvania's Patient Test Result Information Act requires imaging entities to notify patients directly about abnormal findings. The law went into effect in January 2019, and the implications are just beginning to be felt.

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Learning Collaborative Applies QI to Diagnostic Error

With a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, six centers piloted the IHI Breakthrough Series methodology in programs to develop specific interventions designed to reduce diagnostic error.

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Applying the Real-World Wisdom of Patients and Families to Diagnosis

SIDM recently completed its “PAtients Improving REsearch in Diagnosis” (PAIRED) project, that successfully developed and evaluated an innovative curriculum to train Patient Partners to participate in the design, execution, and dissemination of research to improve diagnostic processes.

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From the Field: The Pre-Analytical Phase

The laboratory testing process begins at sample collection and, if successful, culminates with an accurate diagnosis. The March 2019 issue of Diagnosis explores how the collection and testing of the physiologic material, called the pre-analytic stage of the process, must be robust and accurate to generate high-quality data to aid diagnosticians.

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