New MRS software products to ease workflow at breast imaging facilities
Mammography Reporting System (MRS) introduced the beta release of two new software products, SMaRT Scheduling and Secured Access, which create scheduling solutions and real-time internet communications for breast procedure patients, during the 2008 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting in Seattle.

The MRS Scheduling Matrix and Resource Tracker (SMaRT) software schedules staff, patients, equipment and rooms with a few mouse clicks; and depending on the procedure, SMaRT puts it all on the matrix and schedules it.

MRS Secured Access allows a clinic, imaging center or hospital to put patient results on the internet, in a secure system that is fully HIPPA compliant, the Seattle-based company said. The technology improves on existing email patient communication since Secured Access is web based with a registration procedure and monitoring system.

The new tools will “work best when it interfaces with RIS, which allows access to the demographic information and order, which ensures that there is not duplicate data entry,” Kathy Hawkins, CS&I manager, told Health Imaging News. Hawkins explained that once a patient provides the facility with their email address, Secure Access will allow the patient access through a password-protected portal to view their results. 

“The FDA requires that we communicate the result within 30 days. However, if there’s a finding, the facility typically tries to contact the patient within five days, but this tool will allow almost instant communication of results,” Hawkins noted.

The SMaRT software uses ACR-licensed terminology to keep uniformity, and the data is able to be integrated into the EHR. The SMaRT also processes the five-year risk assessment for breast cancer from the patient’s history and current health factors, Hawkins explained.

Mark Morris, president and CEO of MRS, told Health Imaging News that the software products are HL7 compliant, and therefore, able to interface with most systems.

“One of aspects of our company that we are most proud of is that we adapt to the workflow of the radiologist or technologist, as opposed to forcing them to adhere to our standards. We hope to preserve the efficiencies of their time,” Morris explained.

“Our goal is to facilitate better workflow in facilities performing mammography, and all other breast imaging procedures, including MR and ultrasound,” Morris concluded.