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Table 1 The EEGs recording and reporting process pre-post the development of ReportFlow

From: ReportFlow: an application for EEG visualization and reporting using cloud platform

  Before ReportFlow After ReportFlow
Step 1 At the main centre, the neurophysiology technician performs the EEGs. The recordings are stored on the lab’s PC At the main centre, the neurophysiology technician performs the EEGs. The recordings are encoded and stored on the Cloud by ReportFlow, i.e. the application updates the synchronized folder containing the EEG records. Then, ReportFlow notifies to the physician that a new examination has been recorded
Step 2 The physician (i.e. the child neuropsychiatrist) bi-weekly goes to the main centre to report the EEGs performed. Then the reports are printed and personally signed by the physician The physician uses ReportFlow from a PC of any IRCCS facility, selects the EEG record and reports it. The report is encoded and digitally signed by the physician. ReportFlow takes care to notify and update the synchronized folder containing the EEG reports. ReportFlow notifies to the medical clerk that a new examination has been reported
Step 3 EEG reports are archived by a medical clerk The medical clerk uses ReportFlow to validate the correct archiving of the EEG reports. ReportFlow sends to the patient the EEG report by email
Step 4 The medical clerk calls the patient to warn that the EEG report is ready and can be either personally picked up If the patient does not provide an email, the medical clerk calls him to warn that the EEG report is ready and can be either personally picked up