With the advent of EMR, it is incredibly easy to order tests for patients as a clinician-in-training. Additionally, as the healthcare costs of the patient are so far removed from the decision-making process of the physician, the healthcare system has found itself in a paradigm in which physicians have a tendency to “over order” testing when it may not in fact be a financially sound decision. If as clinicians we could have a basic concept of the relative cost associated with each test we propose to order, it would undoubtedly influence the decision-making process. Therefore, our team proposes building an app ("PriceDoctor") that adds dollar signs to commonly used tests. For example, when deciding between orders, if one cost “$” while another cost “$$$” to reflect the actual cost of each test being cheap and expensive, respectively, it would make every clinician aware of the financial decisions they are making on behalf of their patients.
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