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Stakeholders’ Perceptions Regarding the Use of Patient Photographs Integrated with Medical Imaging Studies


Integrating digital facial photographs of pediatric patients as identifiers (ID) with medical imaging (integrated photographic IDs) may increase the detection of mislabeled studies. The purpose of this study was to determine how different stakeholders would receive this novel technology. Parents or guardians of patients in a children’s hospital outpatient radiology department, radiology faculty and residents, and radiology technologists and nurses were asked to complete a survey. The perception about the anticipated use of integrated photographic ID in different clinical scenarios was investigated, and its predictors were determined using logistic regression analysis. Four hundred ninety-eight parents responded (response rate 83 %); 96 and 97 % supported the use of integrated photographic ID, if it improves the radiologist’s imaging interpretation or decreases the rate of mislabeled errors, respectively. Thirty-eight percent were worried that photographic IDs would impact patients’ privacy. Ninety-four percent believed that they should be asked for their consent prior to obtaining their child’s photograph. Seventy-eight radiologists responded (response rate 39 %); 63 and 59 % believed that the use of integrated photographic ID would result in improvement in accurate interpretation of images and identification of mislabeled patient errors, respectively. Forty-nine percent of radiologists had concern that integrated photographic ID would increase interpretation time. Fifty technologists and nurses responded (response rate 59 %); 71 and 73 % supported the technology if it resulted in more acute interpretation of images and identification of mislabeled patients, respectively. A majority of stakeholders support integrated photographic ID in order to improve safety. A majority of parents believe that consent should be obtained.

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Correspondence to Srini Tridandapani.

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Preliminary data was presented at RSNA 2014 and the Annual SIIM meeting 2014.

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Sadigh, G., Applegate, K.E., Ng, T.W. et al. Stakeholders’ Perceptions Regarding the Use of Patient Photographs Integrated with Medical Imaging Studies. J Digit Imaging 29, 341–346 (2016).

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  • Integrated photographic identifiers
  • Imaging
  • Wrong-patient error
  • Quality and safety
  • Radiology