Radiologists have a role in improving patient safety and healthcare quality -- especially in the reduction of duplicate or inappropriate testing, said speakers at a plenary session at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in Chicago. And information technology tools can play a major part in making these improvements happen, they said.
"Our current system communicates rather poorly," said David Bates, M.D., the chief of general medicine at Boston's Brigham and Woman's Hospital, adding that trucking is the only major industry that has invested less in information technology than healthcare.
IT decision-support tools are available to reduce errors, according to Brigham officials, including alerts that tell ordering physicians whether current evidence supports the need for a test or whether the test they're ordering has already been done.
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