Current state of radiology report release in electronic patient portals

Justin Holder, Irena Tocino, David Facchini, Nicole Nardecchia, Lawrence Staib, Dan Crawley, Jay K. Pahade

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Objective: The aim of our study is to evaluate the current practice patterns of radiology report release into electronic patient portals. Methods: A survey to assess details of radiology report release was distributed to members of The Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology across the United States. Numerical analysis was used to calculate the frequencies and percentages for the clinical site, frequency and pattern of patient portal use were calculated. Statistical analysis determined the percentages and frequencies for the clinical site, frequency and pattern of patient portal use, as well as statistical differences. Results: A total of 31 (response rate = 28%, 31/108) at least partially completed surveys were received. Most (29/31, 94%) sites reported having a patient portal available with 80% (12/15) reporting < 50% patient utilization. There were no significant (p > 0.05) geographical differences noted in percentage utilization. Seventy-eight percent (21/27) of sites reported some form of automatic radiology report release into their portal. Mean delay was 4 days (range 0–7) from report completion to portal release. No correlation (r = 2) was seen between percentage of patient utilization of portals and timing of radiology report release. Conclusion: Most academic centers across the country have patient portals, however, most of these centers report less than 50% utilization of the portals by patients. While variability in radiology report release in patient portals was noted, the majority (78%) of academic medical centers have some form of automatic report release with average delay of 4 days between report completion to portal release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Electronic medical record
  • Patient centered care
  • Patient portal
  • Radiology reports
  • Radiology results

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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