Nuance launches CDS tools for value-based radiology

'Enables radiologists to take on a stewardship role of the imaging care decision'
By Mike Miliard
11:36 AM
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At RSNA in Chicago today, Nuance announced it's joined forces with the National Decision Support Company, unveiling new tools that combine clinical decision support, radiology reporting and image sharing technology.

The aim, say Nuance officials, is to help radiologists better comply with emerging value-based reimbursement models.

Aiming to enable better real-time information sharing between radiologists and ordering physicians, the new CDS tools use American College of Radiology's Imaging 3.0 technology to help ensure the most clinically-appropriate imaging exams are ordered for patients, guiding physicians via their electronic health records.

This helps providers comply new laws that will require consultation with qualified decision support criteria when ordering Medicare outpatient advanced imaging exams, Nuance points out.

"Nuance and NDSC are tightly connecting the ordering provider and radiologist during the ordering and diagnostic interpretation process, fundamentally enabling new ways for radiology to deliver value-based imaging services as alternative payment models accelerate," said Peter Durlach, Nuance's senior vice president of healthcare marketing and strategy, in a statement.

[See also: Clinical decision support: no longer just a nice-to-have]

In addition, the new tools help enable real-time consults between a subspecialty radiologist, using Nuances' PowerScribe360 reporting platform, and the ordering physician when imaging guidance is needed and help identify when duplicate exams exist, making them available for review.

Enabling interoperability between PowerScribe360 and ACR Select, the appropriate use criteria published by the American College of Radiology, helps providers drive quality improvements, said Mike Mardini, CEO of the National Decision Support Company.

"Because it's documented, a value can be placed on the consultation process," said Mardini, in a press statement. "In fact, this kind of guided, peer-to-peer sub-specialty consultation model represents a clinically oriented, less intrusive and less expensive alternative to traditional Radiology Benefit Management prior authorization and enables radiologists to take on stewardship a role of the imaging care decision."

"These partners demonstrate the type of collaborative platforms that will be needed to connect the ordering provider to the radiologist within the context of the EMR, reporting and imaging workflows," said Mike Tilkin, CIO of the American College of Radiology, in a statement. "When combined with the delivery capabilities of vendors, tools such as ACR Select and ACR Assist can help radiology not only participate in, but actually shape the future of value-based radiology services."