AHRQ-funded researchers who developed a “trigger system” to scan a Department of Veterans Affairs database found that more than 8 percent of patients with high levels of blood in their urine experienced delays in follow-up treatment. The study suggests that providers could be missing urinalysis results even when red blood cell counts are high enough to warrant additional tests for cancer. Authors of the new study in Applied Clinical Informatics concluded that triggers warrant further study as a strategy to reduce delays in bladder cancer diagnosis. Access the abstract.
Appl Clin Inform. 2017 Mar 22;8(1):279-290. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2016-10-RA-0176.
Application of Electronic Algorithms to Improve Diagnostic Evaluation for Bladder Cancer.
Electronic health records; data mining; delayed diagnosis; hematuria; medical informatics; monitoring and surveillance; triggers; urologic neoplasms