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Having computerized images at hand was associated with a 40%-70% greater likelihood that an imaging test would be ordered, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs that challenges the widely held assumption that having computer access to patients' test results will reduce testing. The researchers analyzed data from 1,187 physician offices, and found that physicians with access to electronic imaging ordered imaging in 18% of visits, compared with 13% in offices without such access. Our efforts should at a minimum raise questions about the whole idea that computerization decreases test ordering, and therefore costs, in the real world of outpatient practice," the study's lead author, Dr Danny McCormick of Harvard Medical School, Boston, said in a statement.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PARCTICE
Author:Anderson, Jane
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Date:Mar 15, 2012
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