Normally the optimal and quickest way to determine if a patch has definitely been installed on a system is to use WMI. That's where the SCCM client primarily gets its information from to report back to its parent. There are several ways you can go about but the ways i've found to be ideal for me are described below:
Through the command prompt:
Through the Wbemtest User Interface:
Depending on your requirements / needs, have fun! Wbemtest is very useful for quick references to WMI to determine patch statuses whenever you are suspecting the integrity of data received from SCCM due to possible sync issues.
WMI Admin tools!
Rob.. anything's possible! Wmiexplorer helps tonnes too!!!
Lionel that's an old jedi trick!
The power of WMI is underated, I met a really nice guy and experienced wintel admin last week who didn't know what WMI was ... is that possible?