Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center have developed electronic health record-based trigger algorithms that identify patients at risk for delays in diagnostic evaluation of colon and prostate cancer.

Seventy-two primary care providers at the two sites participated in a study of the algorithms and associated intervention steps. The study included querying the EHR for patients with abnormal findings and lack of associated follow-up actions, manual review of triggered records, and communication of this information to PCPs via secure e-mail and, if needed, phone calls to ensure message receipt.

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