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Hospital EHR, add-ons helps reduce costly, unnecessary GI testing

April 24, 2019


An alert and “hard stop” programmed into an electronic health records system at an academic medical center resulted in a significant reduction in inappropriate gastrointestinal panel testing and cost savings.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center hard-wired criteria into the hospital’s EHR to provide clinicians with a best-practice alert and a hard stop that prevented them from ordering a gastrointestinal pathogen panel (GIPP)—a costly test that detects common disease-causing organisms—more than once per admission or in patients hospitalized for more than 72 hours.

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