Study: Checking In Online Saves Valuable MRI Time
773 timesheets were included, of which 200 had used the online questionnaire. Interestingly, the average age of each group was similar at around 54 years. The average interview and screening duration for the online screening group (12.0±7.1min) was significantly lower than that of the traditional screening group (14.1 12.3 min) (P = .004).
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The authors attribute the reduction in time taken for the online screening group to reducing the number of patients who had extreme delays - these led to subsequent delays of up to 2 hours in the traditional screening group. Although following up possible MRI contradictions takes a similar time, if this is only known on the day of the exam, there is a knock on effect for later appointments as well as a delay for the patient concerned. The authors note that at many centres that schedule a fixed number of MRI exams per day, delays may result in technologists’ working overtime, potentially entailing extra costs.
The conclusion? Online MRI screening is effective in reducing delays and patient turnaround time. Potentially online screening can reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction. And perhaps accuracy, as patient can fill in the questionnaire when it is convenient to them when they have the relevant medical information at their fingertips.
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Published on : Wed, 3 Feb 2016
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