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Monday, December 11, 2017 (ESR, Vienna) – The European Society of Radiology (ESR) announces the launch of a new ESR iGuide web portal to widen access to the ESR imaging referral guidelines. To be launched by the European Congress of Radiology 2018 (February 28–March 4), the stand-alone version of the ESR iGuide clinical decision support system is designed to help ESR members, referring physicians, healthcare organisations and EU and IAEA member states comply with European and international radiation protection standards. By making this announcement during the IAEA International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine, where the ESR is a cooperating organisation, the ESR hopes to raise awareness in Europe and beyond of the importance of the appropriate use of medical imaging.
Last week was the conclusion of the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago. The RSNA has always been an imaging-heavy affair, but this year it seems to have been afflicted with a dose of augmentation. While imaging is still the primary focus, it seems that radiology has awoken to the age of population health management and value-based care, and vendors are beginning to place greater emphasis on how imaging diagnostics can be augmented by artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Radiology clinical decision-support software assists referring physicians in ordering appropriate imaging exams and may also help teach them over time to order the right studies, according to this poster presentation.
When analyzing early data during their institution’s implementation of radiology clinical decision support (CDS), researchers at Einstein Health Network in Philadelphia noted an interesting trend toward higher levels of appropriate ordering by pilot users after CDS had been in place for a period of time. This suggests that physicians learned through experience with CDS what the most appropriate studies were for given indications, said lead study author Dr. Ryan Lee.
Mayo Clinic has built out its electronic health record to flag repetitive laboratory tests, which has helped the not-for-profit health system lower costs and improve care.
The clinic’s EHR aggregates how often certain tests are ordered, cost data and guidance on how to reduce redundancy, among other metrics. It has been an important tool as hospitals and health systems look to get more bang for their buck, said Dr. Curtis Hanson, chief medical officer at Mayo Medical Laboratories.
New EMR partnerships and growth of decision support capabilities have driven widespread adoption of the company’s CareSelect™ Platform
Madison, WI (September 22, 2017) – National Decision Support Company (NDSC) announces its expansion and widespread adoption of its suite of Clinical Decision Support solutions. NDSC’s solutions, powered by the company’s CareSelect Platform, have been adopted nationwide across all 50 states. In total, more than 380 health systems including over 2,700 acute care facilities use NDSC’s solutions every day to power their clinical decision support and quality improvement programs. Each month, NDSC’s CareSelect Platform facilitates over 3.5 million decision support consultations.
The company attributes this growth to market adoption in advance of legislation requiring caregivers to consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) when ordering advanced imaging tests, and to NDSC’s expanded range of capabilities.
Every major EMR across the acute and ambulatory market has integrated with NDSC’s qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism known as CareSelect, for compliance with the AUC consultation requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). Implementation of PAMA is scheduled for January 2019.
“NDSC now provides direct integrations to EMRs that represent over 95% of the market,” said Robert Cooke, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at NDSC.
Additionally, the CareSelect Platform now includes robust content sets, developed by leading medical specialty societies and respected content sources such as the Mayo Clinic and the American College of Radiology. The expanded Platform includes solutions that cover Imaging, Lab, Pharmacy, and Blood ordering and include guidelines from the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely®.
“The newly released CareSelect Lab solution is a natural extension of NDSC’s capabilities to deliver EHR-integrated guidelines and brings together the industry standard for EHR-delivered guidance with the more than 1,500 best-practice care models-authored, curated and maintained by Mayo Clinic,” said Michael Mardini, CEO of NDSC.
Organizations use NDSC solutions to modify and adapt these guidelines, or develop new business or clinical logic supporting local or regional requirements.
“The delivery and tracking of evidence-based guidelines into EMR workflows are the new table stakes for effective care delivery, legislative compliance and success with variable payment models,” explained Cooke. “NDSC’s CareSelect Platform represents a single tool that healthcare organizations can leverage to author, curate and track the delivery of evidence-based guidelines into EMR workflows.”
CareSelect’s expanded content and integrations allow providers across the care continuum to implement a wide range of advisories and associated benchmarking and analytics tools to enable quality improvement, success with variable payment models and regulatory compliance across multiple service lines and EMRs.
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About National Decision Support Company
National Decision Support Company provides enterprise wide Clinical Decision Support solutions that enable more efficient and appropriate care, improve population health, and save money. Our CareSelect™ technology platform converts published guidelines from credible, compliant content sources into actionable decision support criteria delivered directly into the EMR workflow.
NDSC’s CareSelect™ solutions expand on the company’s foundational imaging decision support platform to cover imaging, laboratory, medication and blood ordering. CareSelect™ solutions leverage NDSC’s content management and delivery platform to allow healthcare providers to access a rich library of actionable Appropriate Use Criteria, helping manage utilization, deliver complex care pathways and automate administratively burdensome processes such as prior authorizations.
Vice President of Marketing and Strategy
National Decision Support Company