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Computerization May Not Curb Medical Tests, Costs
Date:3/6/2012

ing patient referrals patients to a medical imaging center in which a physician has a financial stake may be more effective in decreasing testing.

They added that their findings "emphasize the importance of establishing the benefits of computerization rather than estimating them in the absence of data, or generalizing from small studies at a few atypical institutions."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on improvements in laboratory testing.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Health Affairs, news release, March 5, 2012


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