Software Firm Aware Helping Build Radiation Exposure Info Reporting System

AWARE LOGO_ExecutiveBizMedical imaging software maker Aware Inc. is partnering with Nuance to create a system for radiologists to put radiation exposure estimates into patient radiology reports.

Aware is integrating its AccuRad REM Server software with Nuance’s PowerScribe 360 | Reporting platform with the goal of providing doctors analysis tools for addressing risks surrounding radiation exposure.

“Automating the inclusion of dose information in patient reports eliminates the necessity for radiologists to dictate or manually type cumbersome dose information into reports, reducing errors and improving productivity,” said Joe Kushi, director of sales. “We are excited to work with Nuance to deliver this capability to PowerScribe 360 | Reporting users.”

The companies said they are aiming to help facilities comply with SB 1237, California’s mandate for including dose information in patient records.

Aware demonstrated the AccuRad REM Server at RNSA 2012 in Chicago, held Nov. 25 to 30, 2012 and Nuance demonstrated the integration Nov. 27, 2012.

AccuRad REM Server runs on a healthcare provider’s network and receives dosage data from radiological equipment such as CT scanners and fluoroscopy equipment.

The software application distributes the data to radiology reporting systems, PACS and external registries for clinicians to run statistical analyses.

Healthcare providers collect radiation exposure data based on a radiation exposure monitoring integration profile, generate dosage estimation reports for comparing to other results and then upload the data to the American College of Radiology’s dose index registry.

REM Server also stores and analyzes radiation dose information and is designed to summarize information by physician, modality, time-and-date, institution or other user-defined queries.

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