Imaging comes first as Harvard launches evidence-based library

Harvard Medical School has introduced a publicly accessible, fully digital “library of evidence” to guide clinicians in their imaging decisions.

“The idea is to not merely reduce unnecessary procedures and health care spending but also ensure that when a patient does need a test, they get the most appropriate option first,” Ali Raja, MD, vice chair of emergency medicine at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, told the medical school’s news office. “Ultimately it’s about improving patient care and healthcare outcomes.”

After establishing itself on imaging, the library plans to expand to pathology and other clinical disciplines. What they all have in common is an increasing need for evidence-based support tools to strike the right balance between appropriate resource utilization and sound patient care.

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