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Sage HMS Announces Agreement with EPIC Imaging To Implement RadWise Clinical Decision Support

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 10, 2012--Sage Health Management Solutions, Inc. (Sage HMS), an electronic-based healthcare services company, recently announced its agreement with EPIC Imaging, a leading outpatient diagnostic imaging center in Portland, Oregon to implement its RadWise ® Clinical Decision Support (CDS) service.

RadWise provides evidence-based clinical decision support for effective value management of diagnostic imaging. It guides clinicians to the most appropriate imaging decision based upon each patient’s symptoms, documents the diagnosis and procedures, and records the current imaging recommendation regardless of what was ordered. RadWise CDS can help organizations improve quality by determining the most appropriate imaging, eliminating unnecessary or redundant tests, monitoring radiation exposure and documenting outcomes for further evaluation.

Implementing RadWise will allow EPIC Imaging to further its goal of being a forerunner in the adoption of industry-leading advancements that improve quality care and efficiency for clinicians. EPIC Imaging was among the first independent diagnostic imaging centers in the U.S. to integrate radiology reports into electronic medical records and is always an early-adopter of state-of-the art equipment.

John Griffith, CIO and Director of Operations at EPIC stated, "We pride ourselves on providing the most technologically advanced system improvements in our industry. Using RadWise will allow our radiologists to document the appropriate imaging for patients, collect data about the outcomes, and test an alternative to the cumbersome prior authorization process to demonstrate that the workflow does not have to be altered for referring physicians.” "Health care providers are increasingly under pressure to make appropriate clinical decisions, document those decisions, and do so efficiently," said V. Katherine Gray, Ph.D., president, CEO and founder of Sage HMS. "With the recent economic pressures, patients, payers, and the government are demanding more accountability in managing the costs and value of all health care services and especially in the burgeoning diagnostic imaging services. RadWise provides the missing link to assist physicians, hospitals, and clinics to meet and exceed these demands." EPIC Imaging is the leading, full-service outpatient imaging facility serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Its family of centers consists of EPIC Gateway, Hall Nimbus and Bethany, as well as EPIC Imaging ENT and the Portland PET Center, which housed the first dedicated Positron Emission Technology (PET) scanner in the region. EPIC Imaging has been providing independent imaging services in Oregon for more than 40 years.

SAGE Health Management Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DSS, Inc. of Juno Beach, FL. Sage HMS sells its RadWise e-ordering decision support service to healthcare payers and healthcare providers to address the 30-40 percent inappropriate radiology diagnostic testing that can be reduced with use of its technology, while improving the quality, efficiency, and timeliness for patients. For more information, visit www.sagehms.com.

CONTACT: DSS, Inc.

Michael Ginsburg, 561-284-7145 Marketing Director or EPIC Imaging Melanie Haymond, 503-535-8366 Director of Marketing and Business Development KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT HEALTH RADIOLOGY GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: Sage Health Management Solutions, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 09/10/2012 09:00 AM/DISC: 09/10/2012 09:00 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120910005306/

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