While exam over-reads occur on a daily basis, many healthcare organizations do not support this critical function with a system for reporting and tracking results.
Over-reads are a common imaging practice, as attending radiologists formally interpret the “prelims” of emergency medicine (ED) physicians, residents and teleradiology groups. Discrepancies, however, are often not tracked and formally reported. Moreover, communication of amended diagnostic reports is typically manual due to system incompatibilities across departments or the ineffectiveness of home-grown solutions. With manual and home-grown methods, reports can be lost and result discrepancies may be overlooked.