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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How to limit patients’ exposure to radiation

September 28, 2010

By Robert J. Rapoport I applaud state Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines and Dr. Howard A. Freed, director of the department’s Center for Environmental Health, for their recent mailing to 16,000 New York pediatricians and other physicians on how to combat the growing public health problem of patient medical...

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Cost Quandary

July 31, 2010

by C.A. Wolski A recent study concludes that rising cancer care costs were fueled by imaging, but understanding the big picture is critical.   The numbers don’t lie. Cancer care cost has risen, and imaging is one of the culprits. But, while the numbers don’t lie, they don’t tell...

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FDA Testimony: HealthHelp’s Effective Programs Reduce Radiation Exposure

March 31, 2010

Radiology Benefit Management a Key to Quality and Safety HOUSTON (March 31, 2010)—Making sure patients receive the right diagnostic imaging tests at the right times in high-quality facilities significantly reduces unnecessary radiation exposure, HealthHelp chief medical officer Mark Hiatt, M.D., testified at a public meeting held by the U.S....

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