TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MedCurrent Corporation, a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, today announced that Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS), the 2nd largest municipal health system in the U.S., has chosen MedCurrent’s OrderRight™ Radiology Decision Support system to ensure appropriate ordering of advanced medical imaging.
LADHS operates four public hospitals; 16 local health clinics; one multi-service ambulatory care center; and provides services to over 800,000 patients in Los Angeles County. LADHS has recently purchased a Cerner Millennium™ EMR system and will be including OrderRight with their Millennium rollout. As a deeply integrated system, OrderRight will provide optimal workflow for their ordering clinicians, and is designed to enhance patient care planning and treatment, reduce inappropriate healthcare utilization, and lower costs.
“MedCurrent’s OrderRight encompasses the workflow and clinical depth that best fits our system for today and tomorrow,” said Rob Bart, M.D., LADHS Chief Medical Information Officer. “In particular, its seamless integration into our Cerner Millennium electronic medical record system will ensure that adoption by our providers will be accelerated. It’s fast and easy for ordering physicians and has powerful data base capabilities which we will need going forward. We made the decision to utilize clinical decision support in advance of a recently passed law that requires it to ensure quality care and to appropriately manage our costs,” noted Bart.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 that requires physicians to utilize clinical decision support mandates that starting January 1, 2017, physicians ordering advanced diagnostic imaging exams (CT, MRI, nuclear medicine and PET) must consult government-approved, evidence-based appropriate-use criteria, through the use of a CDS system.
OrderRight incorporates the ACR Select™ appropriateness criteria in its system. For localization of rules, OrderRight’s patent-pending Rule Authoring Studio provides administrative tools that allow each provider organization to modify, customize and add appropriateness rules to meet their local needs and standards of practice. With this feature, new rules and criteria can easily be created and clinically tested for consideration before being added into their system’s rule set. OrderRight’s Data Analytics™, a module that provides a view of ordering behaviors and rule compliance from various macro and micro levels, enhances the organization’s ability to ensure clinically-appropriate ordering and support appropriate medical review and action.
“We are honored that LADHS chose MedCurrent OrderRight for their decision support solution,” said Steve Herman, MD, MedCurrent’s founder and Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to working with Dr. Bart and the thousands of providers who will be incorporating clinical decision support into their decision-making.”
MedCurrent (http://www.medcurrent.com) develops medical appropriateness decision support systems that provide information to physicians at the point of care to facilitate their ordering of the most medically appropriate procedures. Using rule-based criteria adopted by leading clinical associations, as well as tools for organizations to create their own rules, these solutions help healthcare payers and providers improve patient care, avoid unnecessary procedures, reduce inappropriate utilization, and mitigate costs. OrderRight, its radiology decision support solution, works as an integrated component in an EMR, or as a stand-alone solution. The company sells direct to payers, providers and partners, including EMR, HIS or PHR vendors.
About Los Angeles County Department of Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS) is the second largest municipal healthcare system in the nation and provides the bulk of uncompensated care in the County. Through its integrated health system of clinics and hospitals, the department provides high quality inpatient and outpatient services to 800,000 patients annually. DHS hospitals are leading training sites for physicians completing their graduate medical education in nearly every specialty and subspecialty. Through its Housing for Health division, DHS is changing the face of chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County through innovative, supportive housing projects in tandem with other programs and services targeted to the County’s vulnerable populations. For more information, visit www.dhs.lacounty.gov.