Some hospitals strive to cut down on ER imaging

Hospitals and emergency room physicians are reducing the use of high-tech imaging in order to cut healthcare costs, the Wall Street Journal reported. Facilities such as Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston rely on decision support software to refine when physicians order CT scans and other imaging services. As a result, the organization cut the number of CT scans per 1,000 ER patients by a third over the past five years, with no effect on the quality of care. Not only do ERs avoid the costs of such scans or potential repeats of tests due to false positives, they also don't subject patients to radiation dyes. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare




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