Researchers led by physicians from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are perfecting an electronic health record-based trigger algorithm that can flag abnormal lung imaging results and signal which patients may not be receiving timely follow-up care.

While the algorithm they employed demonstrated a productive prediction rate of slightly above 50 percent in a retrospective study, they maintain such numbers are a significant advance over the current industry best practice.

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