Do Physicians Need a "Shopping Cart" for Health Care Services?

Published In: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 307, no. 8, Feb. 2012, Viewpoint, p. 791-792

Posted on on February 01, 2012

by Robert H. Brook

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The technology of the ubiquitous electronic shopping cart could be adapted to help physicians understand the cost of the services they order for patients, and possibly change the mix and total costs of the products in the cart.

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