The doctor I usually see does not keep track of labs. He is very bad about filling out forms, like for FMLA, too. One has to get with his assistant, without whom he would be completely lost, I think. She really covers for him, I think, and pulls his butt from many a fire - fires of being too lax and seemingly disorganized.
Who follows lab results? Radiology results? Consult reports? Shouldn't the doctor who orders all of these things keep a little list in the front of the chart or a log book of some sort or something on the the computer of
Pt's Name, tests ordered and the date ordered, and the results and date received.
And each patient's chart should contain a problem list in the front, which gets updated q visit or q call.
And/or a care plan of sorts should be in the front of the chart.
Without one or all of these things, I think many patients and their labs and problems fall through the crack.
As a patient, this scares me. What if I were not a nurse? What if I were just a layperson, trusting that my doctor has everything under control but he really doesn't know what labs he ordered, has no method established to make sure he checks results, in a timely manner, of labs he's ordered?
Don't medical schools
and training residencies teach them how to do this?