The effect of electronic pathology ordering in emergency departments on one aspect of test turn around time: A failure time analysis

Ling Li*, Andrew Georgiou, Elia Vecellio, George Toouli, Alex Eigenstetter, Roger Wilson, Johanna I. Westbrook

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Abstract

Electronic ordering systems have the potential to enhance the effective and efficient utilisation of pathology services. This study examined the influence of electronic ordering of pathology tests in four emergency departments on data entry times, a contributing factor to test turnaround time using failure time analysis. Data relating to tests ordered for 50,854 emergency department patients at four hospitals were analysed. The introduction of electronic test ordering significantly reduced turnaround time associated with laboratory data entry at the four hospitals, but there was significant variation between hospitals. Investigation of the impact of electronic ordering on efficiency of pathology services must take into account specific aspects of turnaround time measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now!
EditorsHeather Grain, Louise K. Schaper
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages79-85
Number of pages7
Volume188
ISBN (Electronic)9781614992660
ISBN (Print)9781614992653
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2013 - Adelaide, SA, Australia
Duration: 15 Jul 201318 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2013
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide, SA
Period15/07/1318/07/13

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