Electronic Systems That ID, Then Notify High-Risk Patients to Schedule Cervical Cancer Screening May Cut Disease Risk
July 9, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A clinical decision support system (CDSS) that has the ability to identify female patients who are at high risk for cervical cancer, create a list for physicians to review of patients who are due for testing, and then notify those patients that it is time to be tested has the potential to decrease cervical precancer and cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Every year in the United States, 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and 4,000 women die of the disease, even though the introduction of screening had reduced the incidence rate by more than 60% as of 2010, according to the study. Use of the system in three Minnesota healthcare organizations saw test completion rates rise from approximately 3% to about 24%.