Inappropriate diagnostic testing affects the entire health care system. Money is wasted on procedures that should not have been performed, may not be reimbursed, and often simultaneously create a scheduling or processing backlog.
Furthermore, recent studies suggest that unnecessary imaging creates patient safety issues stemming from increased risk due to radiation exposure for patients. In addition, there are inefficiencies due to lack of standardized processes for receiving orders (fax, phone, hand-delivered notes) or standing orders for procedures regardless of the patient's symptoms.
Using standardized, evidence-based, patient-centric decision support improves the efficiencies for ordering diagnostic tests. For one health system, Sage HMS found that using RadWise® on high tech imaging including MRIs, CTs and PET scans, savings amounted to more than $4 per member per month.