Study: HSOR feature helped reduce orders for low-yield imaging

11/30/2009 |

The introduction of the HSOR, or hard stop on red, feature in Massachusetts General Hospital's radiology order entry system in 2007 resulted in fewer low-yield imaging orders for outpatient CT, MRI and nuclear medicine tests, a study said. Overall, ordered low-yield tests decreased from 5% to less than 2%, and canceled tests increased from 11% to 44%. The findings "demonstrate the importance of placing the decision support information in front of the responsible decision maker, [which can increase the appropriateness of outpatient imaging]," a researcher said.

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