The Radiology Digital Dashboard: Effects on Report Turnaround Time
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As radiology departments transition to near-complete digital information management, work flows and their supporting informatics infrastructure are becoming increasingly complex. Digital dashboards can integrate separate computerized information systems and summarize key work flow metrics in real time to facilitate informed decision making. A PACS-integrated digital dashboard function designed to alert radiologists to their unsigned report queue status, coupled with an actionable link to the report signing application, resulted in a 24% reduction in the time between transcription and report finalization. The dashboard was well received by radiologists who reported high usage for signing reports. Further research is needed to identify and evaluate other potentially useful work flow metrics for inclusion in a radiology clinical dashboard.
Key wordsWorkflow user interface radiology management efficiency software design decision support
This work was funded in part by a 2005 research grant from the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
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