Cerner Corp. is offering customers an "order vetting" feature that allows radiologists to evaluate the necessity and appropriateness of a radiology study before performing it--rather than afterwards, when it's too late to save the patient from unnecessary time, expense, and radiation exposure.

Having radiologists vet orders also helps engage them more fully in the patient care process, said John Moore, a strategist for Cerner's RadNet product line, which demonstrated the feature at RSNA 2014. It was developed at the request of Cerner customers in Europe, particularly in the U.K. and Ireland, where such vetting is a regulatory requirement.

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