A new imaging e-ordering coalition has formed with the aim of cutting excessive radiation risks to patients and unnecessary costs to hospitals by reducing the number of wrong tests being given by physicians.

A national initiative has been launched across the US to promote healthcare information technology-enabled decision support making to optimise electronic ordering of diagnostic imaging procedures.

The coalition aims to lobby policy makers and implement standards necessary to ensure widespread adoption of decision-support tools, healthcareitnews.com reports.

The coalition, consisting of healthcare providers, technology and diagnostic imaging companies, said that around $3–10bn is wasted on imaging procedures that are not required.