Unnecessary Imaging

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We all know that American health care is expensive. It’s one of the costliest expenses in our nation. Since 2012, the United States has spent at least $2.8 trillion on health care yearly. But according to all the research reports and statistical data out there, the extra funds aren’t doing us any favors; most other developed countries have significantly lower costs.

Here at Reaction, we decided to explore one aspect of these high costs that needs to be resolved: unnecessary imaging. Using our Smart Data platform, we’ve gathered essential insights from nearly 200 medical professionals in a recent two-week period in order to understand how often avoidable scanning occurs, how much it’s costing us, and why it’s happening.

The results, which we explore in this data, helped us identify just how much the healthcare industry is wasting on CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and other imaging procedures.

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 The cost

Up to $12 billion is wasted each year on unnecessary imaging. Reducing unnecessary imaging is a top strategic priority for a majority of providers.

The cause

Ninety-two percent of respondents said defensive medicine contributes to this cost. Patient demand was also a major contribution according to physician leadership.

The solution

Most hospitals are working towards reducing unnecessary imaging but have been unable to do so. There is a huge opportunity for a vendor who can create a solution.