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Research Letter
March 2016

Hospital Care Efficiency and the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Required, and Timely) Medicine Initiative

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Internal Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel
  • 2Intel Electronics, Ltd, Haifa, Israel
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(3):398-399. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7705

A considerable proportion of hospital resources is spent on various laboratory and imaging tests. This reality presents a significant challenge to medical teams with regard to intelligent and efficient use of these tools during hospital care.1 The SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Required, and Timely) Medicine initiative, conducted by the Division of Internal Medicine at the Rambam Health Care Campus, aims to improve the efficiency of medical investigations by making the use of diagnostic tools more precise, focused, and based on the clinical findings.

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