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Managing the Use of Diagnostic Imaging

The Everett Clinic

Diagnostic imaging is one of the fastest growing and most expensive elements of health care. The Everett Clinic carefully manages utilization by using a multi-disciplinary team to set criteria based on scientific evidence to guide the use of imaging. Several years ago, a team of Everett Clinic physicians met with our Radiology Department to develop … Continue reading Managing the Use of Diagnostic Imaging

Improving Patient Safety Through e-Prescribing

The Everett Clinic

The Everett Clinic wanted to evaluate the impact of e-prescribing on medication safety and conducted a pilot study to determine if handwritten prescriptions led to clinical errors and if a computerized e-prescribing system would eliminate these errors. The pilot found that very few written prescriptions led to patient harm due to the checks and balances … Continue reading Improving Patient Safety Through e-Prescribing

Medical Group Bans Pharmaceutical Sales Reps from Doctor Office

The Everett Clinic

The age-old practice of pharmaceutical sales reps pitching new medications directly to doctors is being challenged by organized delivery systems across the country. For example, since 1998, the Everett Clinic–which serves a quarter of a million Washington State patients–has banned drug sales reps from their doctors’ offices, relying instead on its pharmacists to evaluate the … Continue reading Medical Group Bans Pharmaceutical Sales Reps from Doctor Office