data_binary_code_2 - usedNational Decision Support Company (NDSC) recently announced that its registries have experienced an increase of over 100,000 monthly decision support sessions in the last six months, with more than 300,000 total transactions processed and recorded each month.

NDSC, which partners with healthcare provider organizations and national medical societies to structure content and deliver it through physician-centric workflows, cites the growing adoption of its baseline solution, ACR Select, as a contributing factor for the increase. The company also attributes the rise to the expansion of its clinical content community, partner integrations and availability through an online Web portal.

Each transaction represents an ordering provider’s consultation of NDSC’s solution in order to determine the appropriateness of a medical test. More than 90 healthcare provider organizations have adopted the company’s solution to improve the consistency, quality, and traceability of imaging service delivery through integration of appropriate use criteria (AUC) into physician workflows.

Rockford Health System, for one, partnered with NDSC to deliver ACR Select across the enterprise, integrated with its EHR. The recipient of a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, Rockford Health implemented the solution to receive AUC support for MRI, CT, ultrasound and nuclear medicine orders, in addition to decision support rules to support local radiology protocols.

“Rockford Health System is proud to be recognized among the best of the best when it comes to leveraging our EHR,” said Dennis L’Heureux, MS, CPHIMS, LFHIMSS, senior vice president for IT planning and CIO, Rockford Health System. “In very short order, we have moved beyond implementation to leverage the many features and benefits that clinical automation and process redesign can attain. More importantly, is how our interdisciplinary teams continue to work together to meet the many challenges for preparing our organization to meet triple aim objectives and the transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value.”

ACR Select was launched in 2012 under a collaboration with the American College of Radiology to deliver a complete Web service version of ACR Appropriateness Criteria. The national standards clinical decision support database offers evidence-based decision support for the appropriate utilization of all medical imaging procedures.

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