MedCurrent will release MedCurrent CDS Version 3.0, a powerful radiology decision support system designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the CMS mandate, in Chicago at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, November 29 to December 3, 2015.

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.

CDS software uses Appropriate Use Criteria (rule sets) to analyze and rank the appropriateness of a provider’s order for a diagnostic imaging exam. The software will then provide the provider with feedback as to whether they should consider ordering a more appropriate procedure, as well as additional information including the urgency of obtaining the study, how much radiation it will expose the patient to, how expensive it is and very importantly, whether it has already been performed recently.

"Organizations should consider their immediate need to adopt a system as part of an overall enterprise-wide CDS strategy," said Stephen Herman, MD, MedCurrent’s Chief Medical Officer.

New features of MedCurrent CDS 3.0 include:

Improved interfaces that are clinically-intuitive and present relevant clinical information, such as duplicate procedures and patient history, at the time of order entry.

A new platform that enables two-way communication with the EMR, CPOE, scheduling and other aligned systems
Cross-workflow compatibility to send orders through fax or email and capacity for modular integration into PACS and RIS
A user-friendly authoring studio to tailor Appropriateness Use Criteria (a requirement to be recognized by the CMS as a Provider-Led Entity), and to integrate rule sets from multiple clinical specialities (lab, cardiology, etc.).

An enhanced, web-based analytics platform to help guide behavior change and identifying outliers with easy report generation, including peer-to-peer comparisons and trend evaluations in ordering appropriateness by provider, modality, etc.