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Role of Informatics in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance

Role of Informatics in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance

Surgical Pathology Clinics 8(2): 301-307

Quality assurance encompasses monitoring daily processes for accurate, timely, and complete reports in surgical pathology. Quality assurance also includes implementation of policies and procedures that prevent or detect errors in a timely manner. This article presents uses of informatics in quality assurance. Three main foci are critical to the general improvement of diagnostic surgical pathology. First is the application of informatics to specimen identification with lean methods for real-time statistical control of specimen receipt and processing. Second is the development of case reviews before sign-out. Third is the development of information technology in communication of results to assure treatment in a timely manner.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.path.2015.02.011

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