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SAN DIEGO – DR Systems announced that its cloud-based ambulatory EHR for radiologists – the e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging solution -- is now commercially available after successfully completing beta testing. DR Systems , one of the most respected names in enterprise medical imaging information systems (RIS, CVIS, PACS), and the 2011 #1 overall ranked PACS vendor by KLAS®.

The radiology-based EHR launch was timed so that radiologists can meet the approaching deadline for complying with meaningful use requirements. Radiologists and their practices can receive federal bonus payments of up to $44,000 per radiologist by implementing a complete, certified ambulatory EHR such as DR System’s e|HR. To receive the full incentive payment, however, meaningful use compliance – not just acquisition – must be achieved by October 3, 2012.

“Many radiology practices are concerned about the staff workflow burden of an EHR,” said Chuck Scudelari, COO of Pueblo Radiology Medical Group (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a beta test facility for DR System’s e|HR. “But there is no substantive staff workflow burden with the EHR from DR Systems. It provides excellent value for the federal bonus payments and the workflow fits nicely within the existing registration process.  Plus, we’re seeing that it provides other benefits for our radiology practice in addition to satisfying meaningful use.”

An estimated 90% of radiologists are eligible for radiology incentive payments from the CMS, according to the American College of Radiology. Radiologists will have to qualify before this October to earn the full $44,000, as the total incentive payment goes down each year. Failure to comply with meaningful use requirements will eventually subject radiologists and others to financial penalties.

“Radiologists come out way ahead by deploying a system such as ours,” said radiologist Murray Reicher, M.D., F.A.C.R., DR Systems co-founder and chairman. “First, they earn a substantial, five-figure incentive payment that far exceeds the cost of the system. Second, they actually improve patient care and the efficiency of their radiology workflow, including the collection of patient information and integration of that information with the EHR.”

Dr. Reicher is a recognized authority on meaningful use and was author of an article on the subject that was published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College or Radiology.

DR Systems’ e|HR includes an unusual feature that enables highly efficient collection of patient information. Patients can pre-register via the Internet or in the radiology practice’s waiting room. Their information is then automatically fed into DR Systems’ e|HR.

Other aspects of e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging include:

  • No hardware purchase or resident software. As a cloud-based system, e|HR works entirely with browser technology. It can be efficiently deployed by both individuals and large group practices.
  • Vendor neutrality, offering plug-in and standalone options. This cloud-based technology can be “plug-and-play” with any RIS, PACS, HIS, EMR, or PHR through an interface for seamless operation. It can also be used as a standalone system.
  • Interoperability for efficient data aggregation. The cloud-based design enables radiologists who work at multiple locations to easily aggregate their data, which is a requirement for reporting to CMS.
  • Single, radiology-centric solution. Designed by radiologists for radiologists, e|HR is customized for a medical imaging professional’s workflow, including decision support tailored to a radiologist's needs. Because it is a complete system, it does not require aggregating data from other certified modules.

The EHR from DR Systems is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification is the official designation necessary for the EHR to enable providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

For more on e|HR - Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging, visit www.drsysehr.com

Resources:

Video:  Radiologists:  Are You Ready for Meaningful Use?
Text: Radiology Today Article on Meaningful Use
Webinar: e|HR Product Demonstration


About DR Systems, Inc.
DR Systems is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for integrated healthcare networks, hospitals, and diagnostic imaging centers. Over two decades, the company has helped more than 600 hospitals and imaging centers lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating ancillary IT systems and interfaces, and increasing workflow speed, while also providing better clinical quality and patient care.

KLAS® has recognized DR Systems and its Unity™ RIS-CVIS-PACS platform as the #1 ranked overall PACS vendor and product in its “2011 Top 20: Best in KLAS Awards – Software & Services Report.”  The company received the #1 overall PACS vendor ranking in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, as well as 2011.

 For more information, call 800-794-5955 or visit www.drsys.com.

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DR Systems' was Ranked #1 Overall PACS in the 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services