Radiology-TEACHES Wins ABIM Foundation Creating Value Challenge

03/30/2017

Radiology-TEACHES, led by principal investigator, Marc H. Willis, DO, recently earned the ABIM Foundation, Costs of Care, and Leapfrog Group Creating Value Challenge “Teaching Value” Award.

This competition is aimed at recognizing innovative ideas and projects for teaching and implementing high-value health care among collaborative teams of clinicians, educators, quality improvement specialists, and health system administrators. 

Radiology-TEACHES is an online portal that uses case vignettes in ACR’s Radiology Case Management SystemTM (RCMS) integrated with the ACR SelectTM clinical decision support (CDS) to simulate the process of ordering imaging studies via integrated CDS. Learners, including medical students, receive this evidence-based feedback at the virtual point of order entry, thereby better understanding appropriate imaging utilization and empowering them to reduce waste. 

Recognizing that medical education curricula often lack evidence-based guidance regarding appropriateness and cost of imaging examinations, radiologists at Baylor College of Medicine partnered with the American College of Radiology and the National Decision Support Company to create Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education 
Simulation). 

Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN): Promoting Imaging Stewardship in the Age of Value was a finalist in the “Creating Value” track. Led by Max Wintermark, MD, R-SCAN’s goal is to ensure that every patient gets the most appropriate imaging test at the right time and for the right reason. R-SCAN’s core component is a collaboration between radiologists and referring clinicians to streamline imaging exam ordering in a sustainable fashion by teaching and implementing imaging-focused Choosing Wisely® recommendations. These topics selected for the R-SCAN program are endorsed by multiple medical societies and aligned with the American College of Radiology’s evidence-based Appropriateness Criteria®. R-SCAN actively collaborates with various medical professional societies to promote multi-specialty involvement. 

Creating Value Challenge winners will be recognized and present their projects at the Association of American Medical Colleges Integrating Quality (AAMC IQ) meeting June 8–9, 2017 near Chicago.