Quality Assurance Review of the Department of Radiology's Processes at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas

Charles B.W. Mego, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Mego, Charles B.W., Quality Assurance Review of the Department of Radiology’s Processes at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. Master of Public Health, December 1999, 40 p.p., 4 illustrations, reference list

Abstract

Mego, Charles B.W., Quality Assurance Review of the Department of Radiology’s Processes at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. Master of Public Health, December 1999, 40 p.p., 4 illustrations, reference list. The Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas (OMCT), a 300 bed teaching hospital, must look at maximizing quality assurance measures in order to become more economically viable. A 24 hour final report turnaround time has been set as the gold standard in radiology departments world wide, compared to turn around times typically three or four times greater than the gold standard in OMCT’s radiology department. A retrospective and prospective approach were conducted over a period of six months to review the radiology process components. The draft report to signed report activity area, where report transcriptions are revised and signed by the radiologists takes up a majority of the process time with over 50% per patient case in both the retrospective and prospective approaches. The draft to signed area can be targeted for quality improvement, with possible implementation options such as voice recognition or retooling the five week rotation schedule.