In 51% of cases, physicians fail to obtain the indicated follow-up exams per Annals of Emergency Medicine, Dutta, Sayon et al. "Automated Detection Using Natural Language Processing of Radiologists Recommendations for Additional Imaging of Incidental Finding", Aug 2013, Volume 62, Issue 2, 162 - 169.
Numerous lawsuits against physicians and hospitals arise from missed follow-ups, for example:
$1.5 million settlement, surprisingly despite the patient failing to get their follow-up:
Detects past radiology reports that made recommendations for follow-up or biopsy, while understanding various phrasing patterns within reports, to find which patients did not get the appropriate follow-up which may be now overdue.
Sorts and Filters the recommendations by relevance and discards the recommendations which were already fulfilled, and optionally discards recommendations which are unlikely to be relevant.
Tools to efficiently track and manage the recommendations.
Secure Messenger component facilitates communication with clinicians or patients, tracking message delivery, and clinician responses pertaining to whether the test will be performed.
Designed and written by a Radiologist, with thorough understanding of all pertinent aspects such as filtering out recommendations of low relevance, estimating the importance of findings, zero-effort usage (no need for radiologists to click any buttons to begin tracking a recommendation, and no need to change reporting style), and streamlined efficient work-flow that makes sense.
Software application accessible from within institutional Local Area Network via most web-browsers (available as a PC tower, 1U rack server, virtual-machine image).
Automatically obtains reports from existing dictation software.
Optional Secure Messenger component that is accessible to clinicians and patients from the public internet.
For residency and fellowship programs, optionally bundled with Boomerang™, the application for providing effortless feedback to residents by highlighting attending's edits to trainee's reports.
Evaluation of Lost Souls® Recommendation Tracking:
Send your radiology reports from the last 2 years. Receive a list which contains the detected, filtered, and highlighted recommendations that appear to be missing overdue follow-ups, sorted by relevance.
Ideally the reports should be de-identified and contain only encrypted MRN and Accession numbers. Assistance is available.
Alternatively, to process PHI data, your institution may need to enter into HIPAA-compliant Business Associate agreement with Radiology Universe Institute.
Install Lost Souls at your institution.
Take advantage of a live, fully-functional installation of Lost Souls at essentially no cost, subject to availability of a demonstration server and geographical restrictions.