Measure and evaluate (and if needed, improve) the timeliness of reporting and receipt of critical tests and critical results and values.

What It Means
The time between the ordering of critical tests and reporting the test results and values is to be defined by the organization. The term "critical test results" applies to all diagnostic tests including imaging studies, electrocardiograms, laboratory tests and other diagnostic tests and studies.

Why It Is Important
Making critical test results available to the responsible licensed caregiver in a timely manner can lead to earlier treatment for the patient, which may be essential for improving his/her health.

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