The Technology to Order the Right Imaging Test the First Time
"Everybody in MN—health plans and providers—who are not always on same side—are vehement advocates of the clinical decision support, because we have seen it work," says Quam.
"Imaging is the most expensive element of care in this country," says Cowsill. So will e-Ordering help rein in those costs?
In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance earlier this year, Barry A. Bershow, MD, medical director of quality & informatics for Minneapolis, MN-based Fairview Health Services claimed that it can.
"A number of provider groups were searching for an effective way to reduce costs and get good information to physicians ordering high tech diagnostic imaging. Calling an RBM vendor had proven to be time consuming, costly, interrupted work flow, and didn't help the patient and physician do shared decision making," Bershow wrote. "Working collaboratively with employers and health plans, as well as having our state's Department of Health and Human Services at the table, we developed a system for providing clinical decision support at the point of ordering by the primary-care physician."
Bershow noted that system had two major effects: "First, we saved 303 hours of labor per month at our system. The second was the right test was ordered the first time, while the patient was still in the exam room."
Note: You can sign up to receive HealthLeaders Media IT, a free weekly e-newsletter that features news, commentary and trends about healthcare technology.
Carrie Vaughan is a senior editor with HealthLeaders magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CEO Exchange: Preparing for Population Health
- EHR Systems 'Immature, Costly,' AMA Says
- Better HCAHPS Scores Protect Revenue
- Advocate, NorthShore Deal Would Create 16-Hospital System
- Narrow Networks Cut Costs, Not Quality, Economists Say
- 3 Strategies for Retaining Millennial Employees
- 'Early Offer' Malpractice Programs May Spur Reform
- Interstate Medical Licensure Effort Advances
- Power of price: In South FL and the nation, healthcare costs often are shrouded in secrecy