Implementing Case Management within a Large Medicolegal Death Investigation Agency
Stacy A. Drake1, *, Sherhonda Harper2, Antoinette Hudson2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
Issue: Suppl 2: M8
First Page: 230
Last Page: 233
Publisher ID: MEDJ-3-230
Article History:Received Date: 16/9/2015
Revision Received Date: 07/10/2015
Acceptance Date: 27/10/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/10/2016
Collection year: 2016
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Medicolegal death investigation agencies must provide timely final autopsy reports in order to meet minimum accreditation standards. To ensure a timely turn around, the principles of case management were introduced into an agency with a large metropolitan jurisdiction. Forensic autopsies are typically complex and the associated ancillary studies often include forensic toxicology along with various specialty consults. Beginning in 2013, a forensic case management service was initiated to aid forensic pathologists in reducing report turnaround time. Despite increasing number of cases in 2014, the agency was able to maintain the accreditation standard of 90% turn around within 90 days. The case management service required process improvement, technology to track and trend, and increased interdisciplinary collaboration. The implementation of a case management system within the forensic autopsy service can improve processes to reduce report turnaround times.