CPOE Systems Help Reduce Redundant CT Scan Orders

Computerized physician-order entry systems with duplicate decision support alerts could reduce unnecessary CT scans, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

From Jan 1, 2010 until May 31, 2010, researchers entered all CT orders into the CPOE system at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The CPOE system's duplicate decision support alerts notified providers when they ordered potentially redundant CT scans for patients who had undergone a scan within the last 90 days.

According to the article, a total of 34,625 CT scans were ordered during the study period, of which approximately 33.6 percent had triggered a potentially redundant CT scan alert. Overall, the CPOE system with duplicate decision support alerts resulted in a CT scan cancellation rate of 6 percent.

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