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ECG Computerized Interpretation and Reporting – A Cautious and Informed Approach


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ECG is an often-prescribed investigation for both routine screening and diagnosis of cardiac rhythm and function. Computerized interpretation of ECG through software and algorithm is being used for improving the efficiency of diagnosis. However, there may be errors and inaccuracies in such auto-reports that may lead to further unnecessary tests or altered, inappropriate clinical management, and stress for the patient. This can adversely impact the patient as well as the healthcare system. Therefore, it is important to sensitize and train physicians at various levels about ECG interpretation and ensure that the ECG is analyzed, interpreted, and reported by a qualified physician or cardiologist, before documenting the final report for any further action.

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ECG, computerized interpretation, reporting errors, cardiologist, misdiagnosis.
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Dr. Varsha Narayanan
Consultant Family Medicine and Holistic Health, Dr.Varsha’s Health Solutions, Andheri (West), Mumbai, India

Abstract


ECG is an often-prescribed investigation for both routine screening and diagnosis of cardiac rhythm and function. Computerized interpretation of ECG through software and algorithm is being used for improving the efficiency of diagnosis. However, there may be errors and inaccuracies in such auto-reports that may lead to further unnecessary tests or altered, inappropriate clinical management, and stress for the patient. This can adversely impact the patient as well as the healthcare system. Therefore, it is important to sensitize and train physicians at various levels about ECG interpretation and ensure that the ECG is analyzed, interpreted, and reported by a qualified physician or cardiologist, before documenting the final report for any further action.

Keywords


ECG, computerized interpretation, reporting errors, cardiologist, misdiagnosis.

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