At RSNA 2012 there was a subtle shift in emphasis from radiologist productivity to clinical quality, no doubt driven by greater quality reporting and pay-for-performance requirements. Shown as a prototype in the Carestream booth, Montage Healthcare Solutions demonstrated Montage Signal™, a new software capability that flags report inconsistencies during radiology report dictation and identifies errors in real-time that can degrade clinical quality and reduce reimbursement.
Montage selected Carestream Vue Reporting as a proven radiologist workflow platform for demonstrating Signal. Signal is an extension of the Montage search-driven radiology business intelligence and clinical quality analytics tools that help practices understand and improve productivity and clinical quality. Visitors to the Carestream booth saw Montage Signal flag reports containing laterality and gender errors, critical test results and incomplete billing documentation—all before report finalization.
Montage search provides access to the unstructured clinical information in radiology reports, enabling radiologists to answer complex clinical questions without disrupting reading workflow. The result is clinical quality improvement and continuous learning because report creation can now occur in the context of prior clinical findings.
Woojin Kim, M.D., Interim Chief of Division of Musculoskeletel Imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Co-founder of Montage Healthcare Solutions, stopped by our social media broadcast lounge at RSNA to share his thoughts on the next step in clinical quality improvements and the importance of integrating tools into the reading workflow:
What other ways can we prevent errors before they come part of the clinical record? What analytic innovations did you see at RSNA?