Einstein Medical Center, a 664-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has chosen MedCurrent’s OrderRight Radiology Decision Support system to ensure the most accurate diagnostic ordering and reduce unnecessary radiation exposure and diagnostic costs.

Integrated within Cerner’s Millennium electronic medical record (EMR) ordering system, OrderRight can be embedded within the system to ensure enhanced ordering workflow for physicians.

It will help Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia improve patient care planning and treatment, reduce inappropriate utilisation and reduce costs.

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia chief of radiology Dr Terence Matalon said utilising OrderRight is consistent with hospital’s strategy to optimise data and technology in clinical decision-making and management.

"It will help Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia improve patient care planning and treatment."

"In addition, it supports the impending regulatory changes that focus on quality outcomes and reduced costs," Dr Matalon added.

"We chose OrderRight because of its physician-intuitive design, ability to customise rule sets, its post-ordering analytics and its deep integration with our EMR."

With an integrated feature, the system allows patient-specific information within the EMR to be utilised – to trigger the system’s clinical rule sets – so that upon ordering physicians are presented with patient-specific recommended options and embedded clinical rationale.

It allows physicians to manage radiology costs by making the best clinical decisions, eliminating unnecessary or inappropriate studies.

The system incorporates the ACR Select appropriateness criteria in its baseline rule set, while supporting rule set control with its patent-pending Rule Authoring Studio.

This feature provides administrative tools that allow each customer organisation to modify and tailor the appropriateness rules, to meet their local needs and standards of practice.

With this feature, new rules and criteria can easily be created and clinically tested for consideration, before being added into their system’s rule set.

OrderRight Data Analytics is a module that provides a view of ordering behaviours and rule compliance from various macro and micro levels.

This QA monitoring system enhances the organisation’s ability to ensure clinically-appropriate ordering and support appropriate medical review and action.

MedCurrent CEO Dr Brent Norton said the company is honoured that such a prestigious organisation as Einstein Healthcare Network has entrusted MedCurrent with an important aspect of their care.

"Having OrderRight integrated into their Cerner EMR will ensure easy adoption by their ordering physicians, a key success factor in successfully employing decision support," Norton added.

"We are pleased that they have committed to this combined technology and clinical quality approach."

Einstein Healthcare Network is a 1,167-bed integrated delivery network with more than 9,000 employees serving communities of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.