Following a rebuke from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, of a recent study concluding that electronic access to imaging and lab test results increases the ordering of additional tests, the study’s authors have fired back.

The study in the March issue of Health Affairs noted that policy-based incentives for providers to adopt HIT, including the electronic health records meaningful use program, “are predicated on the assumption that, among other things, electronic access to patient test results and medical records will reduce diagnostic testing and save money.”

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