According to the results of a seven-year, time-series analysis published online in the journal Radiology, the introduction of a computerized radiology order entry (CROE) system with decision support capabilities into an integrated multispecialty group practice may substantially reduce the growth rate of high-cost outpatient imaging volume.
Conducted by researchers at the University of Florida Health Center in Gainesville, Fla., and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study demonstrates the clear benefit of using appropriateness criteria to help curb growth rates in advanced imaging utilization.
“No other branch of medical technology has experienced the explosive growth in volume and variety of available services that radiology has during the past two decades,” the authors wrote. “The medical care industry in the United States has purchased and installed advanced radiology equipment at an astounding rate, outpacing all other countries.”
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