Sage HMS RadWise® CMS-Accredited Qualified Clinical Decision Support Solution to be Integrated into BRIT Systems’ Roentgen Works

Sage Health Management Solutions, Inc., a healthcare information technology company focused on prescriptive and predictive analytics, announced today that it has appointed BRIT Systems LLC, a leader in evidence-based, end-to-end technology enhanced radiology services, as a reseller of its RadWise software.

Radiology Today: Imaging Informatics -- Tuning Up Physician Communications

Radiology has become a much more complex environment than it was just a few years ago. This makes it imperative that communications improve between the ordering physician and imaging facilities.

See what our own Dr. Katherine Gray, PhD, the president of Sage HMS had to say in a recent Radiology Today article about the way CMS guidelines and AI are improving communications and the accuracy of imaging orders.

Sage HMS Offers Comments to the ONC Proposed Information Blocking Rule

In the following Sage HMS podcast interview, Dr. Katherine Gray, President and Founder of Sage HMS, discusses how her organization is providing comments on the ONC’s proposed information blocking rule, as well as how Epic’s App Orchard is helping with breaking down today’s health data interoperability barriers.

According to the ONC, information blocking occurs when a person or entity – typically a health care provider, IT developer, or EHR vendor – knowingly and unreasonably interferes with the exchange and use of electronic health information. Along these lines, the ONC proposed rule on interoperability and information blocking was released earlier this year. It supports patient access to health information and health data exchange across providers, and the ONC is taking comments on this rule until June 3rd.

Sage HMS is currently providing comments to this rule, and is very supportive of these efforts to tackle today’s information blocking challenges. The company is also commenting on how third-party Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is necessary for providing proper evidence-based processes to ensure the appropriateness of all diagnostic orders. CDS will surely be expanding into different arenas as healthcare continues to face more sophisticated challenges. In addition, Epic’s App Orchard is the kind of broad and vendor-accessible tool that helps to tackle today’s health data interoperability challenges. In 2018, Sage HMS announced that RadWise, which facilitates appropriate radiology orders by combining features of computer-provider order entry with evidence-based imaging Clinical Decision Support (CDS).

Here are some other highlights from this podcast interview:

· More about Sage HMS and RadWise, a CMS qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (qCDSM) (:28)

· A high-level perspective on information blocking, and the proposed ONC rule. (3:08)

· More insights into the comments that the Sage HMS team is providing to the ONC. (4:00)

· How Sage HMS provided additional comments to the ONC about the value of CDS. (4:55)

· How the Epic App Orchard helps with regards to today’s interoperability challenges. (6:00)

· What the future holds when it comes to health data exchange. (7:25)

· How the age of smart phones will potentially force vendors to help bring the ONC’s vision to life. (8:30)

If you would like more information about how Sage HMS can help your facility leverage evidence-based knowledge for diagnostic imaging to meet the new CMS regulations, please contact us here.

PODCAST: Better Management of Veteran Diagnostic Orders

In the following Sage HMS podcast interview, Dr. Katherine Gray, President and Founder of Sage HMS, discusses the recent issue of VA canceled radiology orders, and provides insights into how care organizations can best leverage qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms (qCDSM).

The recent news about more than 250,000 radiology orders being canceled at Veteran Affairs hospitals nationwide creates many questions, and the headlines don’t often tell the full story. For example, it’s not clear what proportion of the total orders this represents for the VA, why these orders were actually cancelled, and how many orders were actually duplicates.

However, this news points to the need for better decision-making that starts at order submission. A qCDSM can provide appropriate recommendations that are symptom driven and evidence-based – helping to reduce overall diagnostic errors. This is the best way to ensure quality care that is aligned with appropriate use criteria (AUC) recommendations.

For example, Sage HMS RadWise solution gives providers the ability to consult robust, evidence-based knowledge for diagnostic imaging and receive AUC recommendations. The solution also helps providers gain access to complete diagnostic information at the time and point of care, reduces inappropriate orders and meets claim requirements.

Here are the highlights from this interview:

·         Why we need more information about the recent cancellation of radiology orders at Veteran Affairs hospitals. (:22)

·         Insights into how care organizations need an AUC to determine more about why the orders were cancelled. (2:32)

·         Insights into the CMS AUC program, and why diagnostic appropriateness is so important. (5:25)

·         More about the Sage HMS RadWise solution. (7:32)

·         Insights into a new grant that will focus on how to improve the ordering of diagnostic procedures (8:44)

 

If you would like more information about how Sage HMS can help your facility leverage evidence-based knowledge for diagnostic imaging to meet the new CMS regulations, please contact us here.