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DSS and Sage Health Management Solutions to Demonstrate RadWise®, an EHR Integrated Medical Imaging Decision Support Application, at HIMSS

DSS, Inc., a provider of software, integration, installation, project management, training, support and development of VistA, today announced that it will demonstrate RadWise®, an electronic health record (EHR) integrated computerized physician order entry tool, at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta March 1–3. Developed by Sage Health Management Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of DSS, the application helps providers select, document and order the most appropriate radiology procedure at the point of care.

In addition to being integrated with commercial and private-sector EHR systems, RadWise can be used as a standalone, Web-based tool. The application is vxCertified, signifying approval by the vxVistA Governance Committee for use of the technology in combination with vxVistA, DSS’s open source EHR system.

“Radiology expenses account for approximately 10 percent of the total healthcare dollar and the expense is growing rapidly each year. Further complicating this problem is that an estimated 30 to 40 percent of healthcare costs are attributed to inappropriate orders,” said Mark Byers, president and CEO of DSS, Inc. “RadWise helps physicians select the most appropriate imaging procedures based on documented medical evidence, leading to reduced medical expenses and improved quality of care.”

The system utilizes bi-directional communications to help reduce errors, increase efficiency and facilitate greater provider accountability. When integrated with EHRs, RadWise can reduce the need for referrals and pre-certifications since medical necessity is already documented, improve utilization management and associated tracking, and ensure patient records are up to date with radiology orders for enterprise wide sharing of clinical information. The HIPAA-compliant application is continually updated as new findings, protocols and best practices are approved based on the latest medical literature.

To learn more about RadWise, visit DSS booth #2521 for a demonstration at the HIMSS conference in Atlanta. DSS will also host an educational pavilion session highlighting the importance and benefits of open source EHRs during the conference on Tuesday, March 2 at 4:15 p.m.

About DSS, Inc.

DSS, Inc., the VistA Experts, is a 20-year-old company that specializes in healthcare IT solutions that enhance VistA EHRs. The company also develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the VistA system in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Services, Department of Defense and the private sector.

DSS released vxVistA this winter as open source under the Eclipse Public License (www.openhealthtools.org) to meet the needs of non-VA users. The company also offers add-on products including behavioral health, clinical decision support, dental electronic records, document imaging and revenue cycle solutions. For more information on DSS, Inc., visit www.dssinc.com.

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