Technology | October 14, 2011

MedCurrent to Demonstrate Appropriate Use Decision Support Software at RSNA 2011

At RSNA 2011, MedCurrent will showcase the newest version of OrderRight, the leading medical imaging appropriateness decision support solution. Used by physicians at point of care, this easy-to-use software streamlines care delivery and saves money by automating many of the current manual processes performed by radiology benefit management (RBM) companies. Instead of RBM staff reviewing orders, the CDS system electronically reviews orders and makes comparisons to the system’s rule sets based on the appropriateness criteria from the American College of Radiology  (ACR). Feedback is immediately provided to the physician to facilitate ordering of the most medically appropriate procedure. 

OrderRight includes the following features:

• Provide ordering physicians with appropriate study recommendations based upon each patient’s medical presentation and condition;

• Provide an appropriateness score with suggested options for the most appropriate studies;

• Provide information to the physician to help him or her understand the reason behind the CDS recommendation and to guide additional decision-making, with direct links to medical literature upon which the criteria are based;

• Provide information about the level of radiation exposure associated with the procedure and about options for studies that limit exposure and are clinically sound;

• Provide tools that allow organizations to create and use their own rule sets based on their unique standards of practice; and

• Ability to be integrated into existing CPOE and/or EHR systems or can be deployed on a single workstation via Web browser.

In a study in the January 2011 Journal of the American College of Radiology, researchers evaluated the effects of providing evidence-based appropriateness criteria at order entry time. A retrospective analysis was performed on orders for sinus CT and MRIs of the head and lumbar spine. Decision support was associated with a 23 to 27 percent reduction in utilization of all three procedures.

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