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New Critical Test Management System

Department of Imaging Will Be the First to Use Veriphy this Fall

By Barry D. Pressman, M.D.
Chair, Department of Imaging

The Imaging Department is undertaking an exciting project called Veriphy in order to facilitate the communication of imaging interpretations to clinicians. Veriphy is a critical test result management system designed to automate, expedite and manage the communication of critical and urgent patient findings.

This system is in use at many large institutions countrywide and has been embraced by clinicians and imaging departments. It is compliant with the JCAHO requirements pertaining to critical result reporting. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Albert Einstein Medical Center and Baylor Health Care System are among the 125 centers that have found Veriphy to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes. In Southern California, both UCLA and UCSD have instituted Veriphy.

In addition to critical results, this system is particularly useful for transmitting 'wet readings' and important, but not critical, findings that will require eventual follow-up. Approximately 12 months ago, we successfully tested Veriphy at Cedars-Sinai.

You will be hearing more about this program very shortly. We hope that you too will be impressed by the value of this system and we will greatly appreciate your feedback, which will help us to make the necessary changes to optimize the process for CSMC.

If you have any questions, I would appreciate an e-mail to: PressmanB@cshs.org. Thank you for your assistance.