Prioritizing the Protocol: Improving the Process of Scheduling Imaging Examinations in a Radiology Department With Partially Integrated IT Systems

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Department of Radiology

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Health Information Technology | Radiology


The final product of a diagnostic imaging study is the completed image set on the radiologists’ PACS and radiology information system worklist. Before the case is completed, multiple prior steps are required. The clinical provider must order the imaging study, the radiologist must complete the protocol, the administration must obtain insurance preauthorization, and the schedulers must book the imaging examination. Improving the process of scheduling these examinations has become a priority at our institution.

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Citation: J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Mar;14(3):444-448. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.07.029. Epub 2016 Dec 4. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR

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