National Decision Support Company Launches CareSelect

Today, National Decision Support Company (NDSC) announced CareSelect, a new enterprise-wide appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical pathway delivery engine integrated with electronic medical records (EMR).

"With over 2 million monthly transactions being generated by more than 100 health systems using our flagship solution ACR Select, we have rapidly become the market's choice to enable the delivery of EMR integrated imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC)," saidMichael Mardini, CEO, NDSC. "Through this experience we have also earned the trust of EMR vendors and guideline publishers alike, and due to the rich interoperability we've achieved with our EMR partners we have expanded into new clinical areas through CareSelect."

CareSelect is designed to house and manage both national and local guidelines and enable healthcare organizations to directly manage the delivery and configuration of EMR advisories using the most up to date clinical knowledge—all within the native EMR user interface.

Guidelines are constantly changing and providers are struggling to manage the delivery of all this new medical knowledge to healthcare providers in a meaningful way. Compliance and quality are critical success factors in a value driven healthcare environment and CareSelect enables the delivery of a wide range of medical knowledge to healthcare providers without the need to reconfigure the EMR each time a guideline changes or needs to be added.

Through the company's work with the American College of Radiology and numerous other imaging criteria sources, NDSC has proven its competence in distilling medical knowledge into actionable criteria. "With CareSelect, we are now applying natural language processing and sophisticated algorithms to the EMR data, enabling high impact advisories across the care continuum," said Mardini. "These new capabilities also extend the sophistication of the imaging guidelines we can deliver with ACR Select, to include automated indication calculation, and to cover more complex clinical scenarios."

Through CareSelect, the company is delivering high impact clinical advisories covering a range of medical conditions across the care continuum, such as those from Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM and theNNT.com that cover a range of care settings and conditions, including anti-biotic stewardship, high cost lab testing and utilization management in the Emergency Department.

NDSC is currently deploying CareSelect at select healthcare organizations and will demonstrate its latest developments, including integrations with leading EHRs, at HIMSS 2016, booth #11010, March 1-3, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.

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BayCare Health System Recognized for Achievement in Electronic Medical Record Adoption by Leading Global Organization

BayCare Health System's progress in adopting an electronic medical records (EMR) system was recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global organization known for thought leadership on improving health care through information technology (IT).

Electronic medical record systems can improve patient care, increase patient safety, enhance medication safety and increase efficiency. BayCare Health System reached Stage 6 of 7 in the EMR Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of HIMSS, that collects and analyzes health care data. The adoption model identifies and scores hospitals using an eight-step scale (0-7) that charts the path to a fully paperless environment. Less than 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 6 as they convert to a fully automated/paperless medical records system. The ten BayCare hospitals recognized join only three others in the Tampa Bay area that have achieved this milestone.

BayCare Vice President and Chief Information Officer Timothy Thompson commented, "BayCare's IT strategy has been focused on providing a better care environment for our patients through meaningful information. This recognition by HIMSS validates our leadership position in information technology, not just in Florida but across the U.S. Our achievement enables us to offer health care providers better access to important health information. It also puts relevant information at our patients' fingertips through the MyBayCare.org portal."

Stage 6 hospitals have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; pay for performance; and government quality reporting programs.

The BayCare facilities recognized for reaching Stage 6 are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's and South Florida Baptist.

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Sanford Health Recognized for Bringing Electronic Medical Records to Ghana

Sanford Health have announced that it ranked in the top 100 on this year’s InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S. The full list can be on http://www.informationweek.com/500.

Sanford Health was recognized this year because of the development and implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) at its clinic locations in Ghana, Africa. Before the implementation of electronic medical records, existing processes were completely paper-based. The conversion to EMR reduced registration time and improved patient follow up.

“Bringing an EMR to these clinics immediately presented a multitude of technical and social challenges, and resolving these challenges required some creative efforts to assure success,” said Arlyn Broekhuis, Sanford Health’s chief information officer. “Intensive work and everyone’s willingness made this project an incredible success. While our team is grateful for this recognition, the real winners with the project are our patients in Ghana.”

In 2012, the first Sanford World Clinic opened in Cape Coast, Ghana and currently sees more than 1,300 patients per week. Throughout 2012, the second, third and fourth clinics opened in the communities of Kojokrom, Adenta and Mankessim. The fifth clinic in the community of Kasoa will open in fall 2013. At that time, Sanford World Clinics Ghana will employ nearly 150 individuals with the capacity to handle approximately 400,000 annual patient visits.

"The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The companies in our ranking are leading the way."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.

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