PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imaging Advantage is enhancing the quality of patient care across the United States with RadAdvisor, a proprietary decision support enterprise that collects and analyzes information from all pertinent data sources accessible from the facility/network such as the facility’s EMR, lab reporting software, surgical notes, admission/discharge notes, PACS and other connected software programs. All of this data collection and analysis happens in real-time allowing the central processing system to provide appropriate radiologic decision support to the clinician.
RadAdvisor by Imaging Advantage ensures that patients are given the correct test the first time. When patients are spared unnecessary exams, hospital bills are reduced along with the long-term health risks associated with multiple repeated radiation tests. According to Cancer.org, radiation experts say that the risk levels represented in imaging tests are only very small additions to the 1 in 5 chance we all have of dying from cancer, however, imaging tests that use radiation should only be done when absolutely necessary.
The RadAdvisor works by alerting the clinician only if they stray from the appropriate imaging guidelines. All of this advanced information-processing happening behind the scenes is made available to the clinician by means of a small, positionable RadAdvisor button appearing on the ordering screen. If there is not enough or inaccurate data the RadAdvisor button will alert the clinician indicating that the accepted protocol for the patient’s current symptoms is not being followed. The clinician can opt to continue with their current imaging plan or they can click on the RadAdvisor button to view the suggested plan of imaging. If the button is “clicked” all pertinent suggestions for appropriate imaging will be displayed on the screen. If the plan is modified according to the protocol the button will change back to its original color. All steps in the ordering process will be collected and stored for data analysis at a later time.
Imaging Advantage’s RadAdvisor will continue to track patients throughout their current hospital stay, providing continued decision support, until discharge. It is a decision support system, powered by protocols representing the best-practices available in the market for radiology order management. These protocols include all anatomic areas of the body developed from best practices and performance measures established by the American College of Radiology (ACR), CMS, as some of the leading research and academic institutions in the United States. The focus of these protocols and decision support content is to maximize the quality of care provided to patients, eliminate unnecessary imaging exams and manage the ever increasing healthcare costs.
The RadAdvisor also monitors all imaging orders placed to ensure they are completed in a timely manner. If a selected imaging exam is not performed in the appropriate timeframe the system will alert the clinician of that fact so that actions can be taken to complete the exam.
About the Author:
Brian Hall is the President and COO of Imaging Advantage. He has 20 years' operations, technology and teleradiology experience in high growth environments. Imaging Advantage is a leading provider of evidence-based, end-to-end technology enhanced radiology solutions to hospitals across the country. Imaging Advantage provides technology and practice management solutions to many healthcare systems. Their services are used in seventy-five facilities in thirty states and by over 300 radiologists nationwide. Follow Imaging Advantage on Twitter and LinkedIn!