Fit to Operate?

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Radiology benefit managers and computerized physician order entry decision support systems are two methods currently being employed to ensure appropriate utilization of radiology resources. Each has advantages and disadvantages and each has shown some efficacy in reducing duplicative and inappropriate orders for imaging studies.

While radiologists and clinicians tend to oppose the "middle man" nature of radiology benefit managers, they have become widely used in health care. Decision support systems offer an electronic alternative that most clinicians find more palatable.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast radiology benefits managers and order entry decision support systems
  • Provide data on the effectiveness of each alternative for reducing inappropriate imaging
  • Suggest models whereby the advantages of each system can be utilized to create a system that capture

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