Utilization management, computer decision support square off at RSNA

November 29, 2010

By John C. Hayes Advocates of computerized clinical decision support said their strategies are emerging as a more clinician-friendly alternative to controlling inappropriate imaging utilization. A representative from one radiology benefit management company said data supporting the computer-based approach benefits from progress already made by the RBMs, and it...

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Vendor speaks out on utilization management

November 18, 2010

By Cynthia E. Keen Clinical decision support can be viewed from two perspectives: self-administration by adherence to evidence-based guidelines, a process that can be standardized through the use of decision-support software; and utilization management by a third party, often also using decision-support software. Mark Hiatt, MD, makes a case...

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FDA working to prevent radiation overdoses during CT scans

November 9, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports that patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) brain perfusion scans were accidently exposed to excess radiation. The FDA found that when properly used, the CT scanners did not malfunction. Instead, it is likely that the improper use of the scanners...

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