Seek physician input when standardizing protocols, experts say

06/6/2013 | Modern Healthcare (subscription required)

Standardizing protocols to reduce overutilization of services can be controversial but physicians have fewer objections if they are involved in creating the standards, experts said. Dr. Al Fisk, chief medical officer at the Everett Clinic in Washington State, said adding standardized imaging protocols to the clinic's electronic health record reduced imaging scans by 30% to 40%, which also reduced unnecessary patient exposure to radiation.

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