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MedCurrent, a leading provider of clinical decision support (CDS) solutions, is proud to announce the appointment of John Adziovsky as President of the company. Mr. Adziovsky is a well-known expert in the radiology industry, having held leadership positions at Radimetrics, Bayer Healthcare, Montage Healthcare Solutions, and most recently Nuance Communications.
“Joining MedCurrent at this time is tremendously exciting for me,” said Mr. Adziovsky. “The global clinical decision support market is rapidly growing and MedCurrent has proven itself to be a clear leader in technology, user experience, and improved outcomes. As healthcare undergoes a paradigm shift towards value-based care, I look forward to helping MedCurrent continue to accelerate its growth in an evolving marketplace.”
MedCurrent Corporation is pleased to announce an agreement with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to provide the ACC Cardiac Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) to the marketplace to enhance the delivery of quality patient care and meet regulatory requirements.
"MedCurrent’s collaboration with the ACC will enable more appropriate, evidence-based care for patients with cardiac conditions," said Stephen Herman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MedCurrent Corporation. "Our team has been working closely with the ACC to integrate their AUC into MedCurrent’s clinical decision support mechanism (CDSM), OrderWise™, with a focus on workflow and clinical content structure that ensures the integrity and high-standards expected of the College. Our relationship with the ACC means leading healthcare providers will now have access to nationally recognized cardiac imaging recommendations delivered at the point of care.”
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and MedCurrent have announced a series of pilots to incorporate the RCR’s renowned radiology referral guidelines iRefer into MedCurrent’s Clinical Decision Support System. The pilot projects in the UK and elsewhere aim to provide seamless, evidence-based guidance at the point of request for GP requesting systems and hospital systems when selecting the diagnostic imaging test for their patients.
Following a successful proof of concept, the RCR determined that MedCurrent’s system had the ability to meet those aims. In addition it provides a one-stop knowledge database supporting quality improvement.
NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria to be Integrated into MedCurrent’s OrderWise Platform
FORT WASHINGTON, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is collaborating with MedCurrent to integrate the NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (NCCN Imaging AUC™) into its clinical decision support (CDS) platform, OrderWise™, to allow for access to imaging recommendations as derived from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).
“Integration of NCCN Imaging AUC directly into the electronic health care workflow through OrderWise™ will benefit providers with point-of-care access to qualified, NCCN Guidelines-based imaging recommendations to assure quality care of patients with cancer,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “We welcome MedCurrent as an NCCN Health Information Technology (HIT) licensee and the opportunity to promote the standard of care set forth by expert NCCN Guidelines panels.”
"Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Toronto–St. Paul's, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $800,000 for MedCurrent Corporation...
With this funding, MedCurrent Corporation will focus on furthering the development and marketing of its clinical decision support tool. Leveraging a patient's relevant clinical history and evidence-based guidelines, this technology reduces the provision of unnecessary medical testing by enabling health care providers to determine the most appropriate imaging procedure (such as MRIs, CT Scans or Ultrasounds) required for each patient. MedCurrent Corporation's solution will help improve the quality of patient care and reduces the costs associated with imaging overutilization."
"With a single keypad click, the provider sees the evidence-based care path and initiates the system-defined care plan including e-prescriptions, referrals to specialists, and initiation of education programs perfectly matched to the patient’s transition of care. With another click, the patient is connected to the system’s digital health platform, allowing for engagement and interaction with a care coordinator, educator or coach as well as procurement of sensor-derived data such as blood pressure or weight. The system also enables point-of-care scheduling for recommended tests and procedures."
"MedCurrent Impact is a unique tool that can be integrated with an organization’s electronic health record (EHR) system to evaluate baseline order appropriateness and optimality. Furthermore, the captured data is analyzed and presented through MedCurrent’s Analytics platform to illustrate modality volume shifts and interactive ROI calculations, enabling the organization to understand better the impact of implementing CDS on local operations and finances. The resulting data and knowledge will bolster relevant strategic planning initiatives and ensure a more customized enterprise-wide CDS implementation."
"The newest version of the company’s clinical decision support (CDS) system streamlines efficiency for radiology departments and imaging centers. Updated interfaces are designed to enhance workflow while also improving physician adoption and compliance. MedCurrent CDS 3.0 provides significantly deeper data analytics functionality to measure the system’s effectiveness and drive improvement initiatives. Its updated Authoring Studio greatly simplifies the process of customizing rules to meet local medical practice patterns."
"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.
MEDCURRENT IN THE NEWS
Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Health
CLINICAL DECISION SUPPORT TRIAL IN NSW (2016 - 2018)
"The trial of a Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool developed by Canadian company MedCurrent is underway at Liverpool and Royal North Shore hospitals and will run throughout 2016-18, with support from the CEC. The CDS tool is built into the CERNER platform and is combined with the UK Royal College of Radiologists’ evidence-based referral guidelines (iRefer) to address appropriate imaging for many patient presentations."
Canadian Healthcare Technology
Canada trails US and other countries in decision support for diagnostic imaging
"Appropriateness of diagnostic imaging is a complex issue that various Canadian medical groups are examining. Though no large-scale study exists, research suggests the number of inappropriate imaging referrals carried out in this country ranges from 2 percent to as high as 30 percent, depending on the type of test and jurisdiction. Removing even a small percentage of those exams is expected to deliver cost savings, improve patient safety and ensure that limited resources are put to the best use."
Canadian Healthcare Technology
80 family physicians to participate in study of DI ordering patterns
"St. Michael’s Hospital plans to install a clinical decision support system in the hospital’s family practice clinics to study how to improve the appropriateness of imaging tests ordered by physicians."
RCR partners with MedCurrent on clinical decision support
"The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and clinical decision-support software developer MedCurrent have announced a series of pilot projects to incorporate the RCR's iRefer radiology referral guidelines into MedCurrent's clinical decision-support system."
Harvard offers digital repository of medical evidence to providers
"Harvard Medical School has launched a free, publicly accessible digital repository of medical evidence to help clinicians practice evidence-based medicine in accordance with legislation that goes into effect in 2018.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act, signed into law in 2014, was slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, requiring healthcare providers to use approved clinical decision support systems to consult “appropriate use criteria”—developed or endorsed by national professional medical specialty societies or other provider-led entities—when ordering certain advanced medical imaging procedures. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has since decided to extend the deadline to Jan. 1, 2018."
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"Not too far from IBM's and the ADA's combined efforts, Healthy Interactions partnered with MedCurrent in June to introduce a platform that merges clinical decision support with patient engagement technology. The companies aim to enact behavior change among diabetics through technology and sharing accountability. Improving patients’ self-management of their condition can help drive harder outcomes like better exercise behavior."
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MedCurrent takes up to $2.8 mln from FedDev, angel investors
"MedCurrent Corp, a Toronto-based provider of clinical decision support systems, has raised up to $2.8 million in funding. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) invested $800,000, with most the balance expected to come from undisclosed angel investors. The round’s proceeds will be used by MedCurrent to develop and market its technology, which enables physicians to determine the most appropriate imaging procedures for patients. The company has previously been backed by BDC Capital and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund."
Healthy Interactions, MedCurrent collaborate on new end-to-end CDS technology for chronic care
"Two health IT companies, Chicago-based Healthy Interactions and Toronto-based MedCurrent, have launched a new end-to-end clinical decision support (CDS) platform designed to manage chronic care conditions."
How to evaluate, use imaging clinical decision support
"Although recent research found that radiology clinical decision-support (CDS) software did not result in imaging orders being sent to other institutions, it's natural for hospitals to still be wary of annoying their referring physicians. Much can be done, though, to win clinician support and succeed with CDS."
Don't Put off CDS
"In preparation for CDS, Stephen Herman, MD, founder and CMO of CDS system provider MedCurrent and thoracic radiologist at the University of Toronto, says hospitals and imaging centers should be asking themselves two questions: First, how will CDS change imaging volumes? Second, how will doctors interface with the new system? In answer to the first question, Herman says imaging providers should expect utilization changes."
Tools to Aid the Radiology Workflow
"Within radiology, two areas where accuracy counts the most – outside of diagnosis – are physician ordering and finances. One tool from Toronto-based clinical decision support (CDS) vendor MedCurrent, called MedCurrent CDS, integrates these capabilities into existing EHRs."
Software Companies Push FDA for Guidance on Decision Support Tools
Herman, whose company develops software for radiology to reduce unnecessary imaging studies and minimize unnecessary radiation exposure, said the FDA has signaled it expects health software developers to use industry best practices for ensuring their product work as advertised. CDS software is typically divided between tools that advise clinicians, which are considered low-risk to patient safety, and those which act directly on a medical device, Herman said.
Implementing a Health System-Wide CDS System for Diagnostic Exam Ordering in Los Angeles
"Radiology decision support is coming into its own within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS) health system, as Maitraya Patel, M.D., can attest. Dr. Patel, a practicing radiologist and the vice-chair of clinical operations in the Department of Radiology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, is helping to lead the staggered rollout of decision support across the health system’s hospitals. He and his colleagues are working with the Toronto-based MedCurrent Corporation."
Imaging Technology News
Clinical Decision Support for Radiology
"Clinical decision support (CDS) software has been discussed for years as a way to help clinicians follow best practice guidelines and to help eliminate unnecessary tests or procedures. However, implementing these systems has been slow, partly due to their cost and complexity and pushback from physicians. But, a new chapter is about to open for CDS as healthcare reform will soon require implementation of these systems."
Preparing for the delayed - but still coming - PAMA mandate for radiology clinical decision support
"It’s unfortunate, but not a major surprise, that the CMS recently postponed its PAMA mandate for hospitals and imaging centers stipulating that radiology clinical decision support (CDS) systems must be in place by Jan.1, 2017. Ideally, the new deadline will not extend into 2018.
This mandate is not the first to be delayed. Like Meaningful Use and ICD-10 before it, the radiology CDS mandate will come and radiology practices need to prepare for it—now."
MedCurrent awarded Los Angeles contract
"LADHS is the second largest municipal health system in the U.S., operating four public hospitals, 16 local health clinics, and one multiservice ambulatory care center to provide services for more than 800,000 patients in the county, according to MedCurrent."