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  • J Med Diagn Meth 2018, Vol 7(4): 279
  • DOI: 10.4172/2168-9784.1000279

Leveraging Information Technology to Hardwire Diagnostic Stewardship

Neha Nanda1* and Neeti Vyas2
1Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease, Keck Medicine of University of Southern California, USA
2Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Keck Medicine of University of Southern California, USA
*Corresponding Author : Neha Nanda MD, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease, Keck Medicine Of University Of Southern California, 1500 San Pablo, Los Angeles, CA 90030, USA, Tel: 3234425348, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Oct 08, 2018 / Accepted Date: Oct 31, 2018 / Published Date: Nov 07, 2018

Abstract

Objective: This article reports the impact of an electronic educational tool embedded in the electronic medical record on diagnostic stewardship of procalcitonin (PCT)-A biomarker used to differentiate bacterial from viral infection. This tool specifically targets the preanalytic (ordering and collection) phase of the PCT test.
Methods: This retrospective study was conducted at a 401-bed academic medical center from February 2017- February 2018. The preintervention phase extended from February 2017-July 2017; intervention phase from August 2017- September 2017 and postintervention phase from October 2017-February 2018.
Results: A total of 567 PCT orders were evaluated. There was an overall reduction in total PCT orders and an improvement in appropriate PCT orders. Total PCT orders reduced by 54.4% (P<0.001). Appropriate ordering for PCT improved by 33.4% (P<0.001).
Conclusion: Our results further support the use of information technology to hardwire diagnostic stewardship, an important strategy to improve resource utilization and patient care.

 

Keywords: Diagnostic stewardship; Procalcitonin; Information technology; Electronic educational tool

Citation: Neha N, Neeti V (2018) Leveraging Information Technology to Hardwire Diagnostic Stewardship. J Med Diagn Meth 7: 279. Doi: 10.4172/2168-9784.1000279

Copyright: © 2018 Nanda N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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