CONFIGURABLE DATA PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL REPORTS AND WORKSHEETS AND A METHOD FOR SIGNING A MEDICAL REPORT WITH A BUILT-IN DELAY TO ALLOW ERROR CORRECTION
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-16
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A medical report is generated based on data seen in a patient's worksheet. This worksheet contains measurements, observations and opinions of the medical exam. Once a report is created and signed, it becomes a legal record and must be protected from unauthorized changes. Because the worksheet provides supporting documentation for the report, it too must be protected. Because security needs vary greatly between small practices and large medical facilities, a method to allow varied levels of security is required. This invention allows the patient data record (reports and worksheets) to be secured with various levels of finality. Modern healthcare has undergone a revolution in recent years to more closely match business models seen in the corporate world. The result is increased pressure to be more efficient and productive in all aspects of healthcare delivery. This is especially true in diagnostic testing areas; specifically the medical ultrasound field. In ultrasound, once an imaging exam is done a diagnostic report is made and added to the patient's medical record, then sent to their referring physician. As technology tools have advanced, a greater number of patients are being seen without increasing staff levels. This means the volume of reports a diagnosing physician is responsible for has increased a great deal. Again, software tools have aided in the creation and dissemination of these reports, but the automation process has made it difficult to catch errors before the report is generated. This invention is designed to introduce a user configurable delay, where the report has been signed off but the record has not been locked. This allows for last minute corrections.