MRS to Showcase Montage Search and Analytics Integration at RSNA 2013
November 18th, 2013
MRS, will be demonstrating the initial results of their previously announced partnership with Montage Healthcare Solutions, a provider of search-driven radiology clinical quality analytics, at the upcoming RSNA 2013 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.
MRS7 users can now utilize Montage Search and AnalyticsTM to mine the mammography specific clinical imaging, biopsy, and therapy information stored in the MRS system. The ability to correlate this structured and unstructured information with the patients imaging record will greatly enhance mammography quality improvement efforts, and the shift towards value-based imaging. A radiologist using Montage to uncover clinical information that facilitates imaging appropriateness, ensures patient safety, or aids diagnosis will benefit from access to the unstructured clinical narrative, as will managers looking to understand the relationship between imaging protocols, clinical findings, therapy, and outcomes.
“Breast imaging already receives a significant clinical quality scrutiny, from the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Extending Montage Search and Analytics mining and analysis, to the unique information managed by MRS7, provides exciting opportunities for caregivers to further enhance breast imaging quality,” says William Boonn, MD, President of Montage Healthcare Solutions. “This will become increasingly important as radiology shifts from volume-based to quality-based imaging.”
MRS currently provides numerous breast imaging specific reporting, quality assurance and risk management tools that help facilities meet stringent MSQA and ACR accreditation standards. “We recognized that Montage Healthcare shares the vision of not only MRS but also our customers for continuous clinical quality improvement, whether mandated or not,” says Mark P. Morris, CEO at Mammography Reporting Systems. “We feel strongly that our partnership will enable our customers to more comprehensively manage their clinical quality improvement efforts, through not only the existing MRS database reporting functions but also the sophisticated analysis tools included in Montage Search and Analytics.”
Please arrange to visit Mammography Reporting Systems in booth 2402, or Montage Healthcare in booth 1905 at this year’s RSNA 2013 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.
MRS Employees Log Over 27 Million Steps in Summer Fitness Challenge
September 25th, 2013
MRS (Mammography Reporting System Inc.), a nationally acclaimed medical software EHR company, recently completed a Summer Employee Fitness Challenge to promote employee wellness and healthy habits. The 43 participating employees accumulated an aggregate 27.3 million steps, climbed 58,700 floors, and logged 12,572 miles over the 9 week challenge.
The challenge was a fun and collaborative program that encouraged employees to get out and get active. Using Fitbit activity trackers to record individual activities, employees tracked four metrics:
• Steps taken per day
• Floors climbed
• Miles walked or ran
• Very active minutes per day
MRS team members achieved phenomenal results with several employees going above and beyond their fitness goals, including six employees who each logged over 1 million steps each. Many committed to incorporating wellness techniques into their permanent routine. At the conclusion of the challenge, MRS employees logged a staggering 27.3 million steps, 58,700 floors, 12,572 miles, and 105,000 very active minutes. This is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 20 times, walking halfway around the world, and being highly active for 1,758 hours.
In order to promote employee wellness, MRS gave each of its 45 employees the opportunity to use company provided Fitbits to track and record steps and activity levels. MRS also offered incentives on a tier-based system for those who average 7,500, 10,000 and 12,500 steps a day. Incentives were also given to participants who recorded a 35% improvement in daily steps from the first 15 days of the challenge. The current activity statistics were listed on a web-based company forum hosted by Fitbit, where users can compare statistics and post discussion threads, which helped to cultivate much higher levels of camaraderie. MRS also engaged Melanie Machado, RD, CD, from pacificnutritionwellness as a guest presenter to promote healthier nutrition.
The results were staggering, according to Mark Morris, the President/CEO of MRS. “I have never seen such a positive impact on team members. I have received many comments in person and in letters & emails from our team thanking both me and MRS for the Challenge. They told me that the increased activity level positively impacted their marriages, kids, health – you name it.” While set up by the company, organic interaction between employees increased throughout the 9 weeks, and built a happier, more cohesive group. “Final statistics aren’t yet available, but it also was clear that in the aggregate, our team lost hundreds of pounds of body weight as well. Many employees found that the increased activity levels lowered their blood pressure and blood glucose levels. It has been a phenomenal success.”
One study undertaken by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana correlated increased levels of daily steps reduced the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, low levels of HDL cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides. It’s not a surprise that workplace wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, particularly as employers attempt to leverage a healthier employee population into results that include increased productivity, decreased stress, lower health insurance costs and lower absenteeism rates for employees. All of these benefits appear to result in happier employees with reduced turnover.
MRS Ranked Top in Women’s Imaging Report by KLAS
May 30th, 2013
MRS (Mammography Reporting System Inc.), the leading provider of patient tracking and procedure reporting software for all breast related procedures, has earned the top ranking in the Mammography Information Systems (MIS) vendor category in the newly released KLAS report entitled Women’s Imaging 2013: Measuring the Options. The Women’s Imaging 2013 report is an independent overview of industry trends and advancements among key vendors conducted by KLAS, which is an independent research firm that is widely recognized in the healthcare industry.
In the recent KLAS report, MRS is described as, “Leader of the MIS market with solid performance. Reporting is touted as fantastic, including MQSA, critical results, and clinical reports. Flexible, robust functionality for mammography-specific functions and regulatory requirements. Tracking patients for follow-up procedures and yearly screenings is easy with MRS.”
Along with this summary, the report also contains several positive reviews of the product from current users. One user stated, “MRS is a very strong company that gives us excellent service. They are small, so we get a lot of attention.” Another user stated, “We have had some pressure to switch, but there has been much resistance on our end because we love MRS.”
MRS is also highlighted in the key finding section. The report states, “MRS Increases Performance Gap- Overall, women’s imaging providers prefer using a dedicated MIS over a RIS for mammography. MRS is the strongest performer with v.7 adding new functionality.” The graphic below depicts how dedicated MIS systems rank higher compared to the RIS for Mammography. Overall, women’s imaging providers prefer to use a dedicated MIS over a RIS for mammography.
“We are gratified to see an independent research firm with the stature of KLAS validate what we have been hearing from our customers: that MRS7 is an outstanding product with a great feature set for breast imaging facilities. Our entire team in Washington, Oregon, and North Carolina is proud that their hard work has increased the Performance Gap in 2013, as reflected in the KLAS ranking,” said Mark Morris, President/CEO of Mammography Reporting System, Inc.
MRS Partners with the Montage Healthcare to Enrich Mammography Quality Efforts
February 12th, 2013
Mammography Reporting System, Inc. (MRS) of Seattle, Washington and Montage Healthcare of Philadelphia, PA, today announced that the companies have signed a business partnership that will provide Montage’s analytics tool to MRS customers, as well as enable MRS to resell the Montage Search and AnalyticsTM solution.
MRS users can now utilize the Montage search-driven capability to mine the structured and unstructured clinical information stored in the MRS system. Mammography quality improvement efforts will benefit by the ability to correlate the rich mammography specific clinical data with related clinical findings. A radiologist using Montage to uncover clinical information that aids diagnosis will benefit from access to historical report information, as will clinical quality managers looking to understand the relationship between imaging protocols, clinical findings, therapy and outcomes.
“Breast imaging already receives a significant clinical quality scrutiny, because of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MSQA). Including Montage data mining and analysis, to existing MRS capabilities, provides caregivers exciting opportunities to further enhance breast imaging quality across the imaging modality spectrum,” says William Boonn, MD, President of Montage Healthcare Solutions. “We are excited to partner with MRS, an industry leader in the field of breast imaging quality management and reporting.” MRS currently provides numerous breast imaging specific reporting, quality assurance and risk management tools that help facilities meet stringent MSQA and ACR accreditation standards. “We recognized that Montage Healthcare shares the vision of not only MRS but also our customers for continuous clinical quality improvement, whether mandated or not,” says Mark P. Morris, CEO at Mammography Reporting Systems. “We feel strongly that our partnership will enable our customers to more comprehensively manage their clinical quality improvement efforts, through not only the existing MRS database reporting functions but also the sophisticated analysis tools Montage has developed.”
MRS Now Offers Compass Computer-Aided Breast MRI Software
October 9th, 2012
MRS, leader in tracking and reporting for breast-related procedures, expands its breast health software portfolio with the Compass computer-aided analysis software application for improved efficiency and economics in breast MRI. Compass, now used by an ever-growing number of breast imaging programs nationwide, delivers real-time visualization and flexibility providing radiologists with the time-sensitive information needed to maximize productivity when interpreting and reporting complex studies. As a cost-effective computer-aided analysis breast MRI application, Compass features include image registration, subtractions, multiplanar reformatting, MIPs, Angiogenesis Maps and curves, volume analysis and customizable hanging layouts.