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Article: Cost-cutting program developed at Boston Children's Hospital improves care too

About 500 children each year arrive at the Boston Children’s Hospital emergency room with chest pain, a symptom that is rarely serious. In the past, many of them received tests they didn't need, including EKGs, echocardiograms, stress tests, and around-the-clock monitoring using electrodes attached to a portable device. “There is a lot of anxiety among parents and children that this could be a heart problem,’’ said Dr. Michael Farias, a senior resident.

And other children who should have had certain tests for cardiac trouble never got them.

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