ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National Decision Support Company (NDSC) today announced that ACR Select is accessed more than 200,000 times per month by healthcare providers when placing orders for imaging exams. Rapid nationwide adoption of the company's content delivery platform is fueling this growth and supported by NDSC's streamlined approach to make Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) easy to access and consume by ordering physicians within their EHR workflow.
"Ensuring physicians have a positive experience with AUC is critical to adoption," said Bob Cooke, VP of Marketing, NDSC. "Our experience in delivering AUC to ordering physicians has revealed foundational principles for success. For example, clinical scenarios commonly encountered by physicians must be readily available, AUC must integrate directly into the physician workflow, and feedback must only be presented when required."
This level of activity and adoption is a direct validation of NDSC's approach. During a decision support encounter, physicians are only required to select a clinical scenario from a structured list. Once doing so, the physician is presented with feedback only when required and offered the opportunity to revise the imaging order with minimal interaction. "Physicians who order imaging tests have enough buttons to click and our mission is to not add to this burden," said Cooke.
NDSC continues to expand its client roster with new healthcare organizations adopting ACR Select every week.
The company has also completed its first commercial integration of ACR Select with Cerner's electronic health record (EHR). "Our current order entry process had no provision for clinical decision making and we needed a means to assess the quality and appropriateness of our imaging orders," said Larry Bonno, Administrative Director of Medical Imaging, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. "Working directly with NDSC to integrate the content into our EHR provides Banner Healthcare with a tool to assess and continuously improve the quality of our imaging services."
NDSC will be demonstrating its latest developments at RSNA 2014, booth #5504, November 30 – December 4, 2014, Chicago, IL.
About National Decision Support Company
National Decision Support Company (NDSC) is the exclusive distributor of national standards clinical decision support (CDS) imaging guidelines. NDSC provides the technical platform, support, and licensing of digitally consumable CDS that continuously educates providers regarding the latest evidence-based approach to medicine without disrupting the doctor-patient relationship or delaying needed care. For more information, visit www.NationalDecisionSupport.com.
About ACR Select
ACR Select, provided by National Decision Support Company, is the complete web service version of American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria® (AC). ACR AC is a comprehensive national standards clinical decision support database that provides evidence-based decision support for the appropriate utilization of all medical imaging procedures. More than 300 volunteer physicians, representing more than 20 radiology and non-radiology specialty organizations, participate on the ACR AC expert panels, continuously updating these nationally transparent guidelines, and providing real-time access to the latest medical imaging decision support. The ACR Select platform can be easily integrated with computerized ordering and electronic health record (EHR) systems so healthcare organizations can effortlessly consume ACR AC guidelines and ensure that the right patient gets the right scan for the right indication. For more information, visit www.ACRselect.org.
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