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Succeeding and Failing with XR29 Standard

  Aug 6th, 2015   -     News   -  

The new joint commission standards for CT went into effect July 1. The new requirements will put a substantial strain on radiology departments. Healthcare facilities across the country are either replacing equipment or updating equipment to bring it up to the new standard. Dr. Myron Pozniak, a professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin and his group conducted a survey of 106 healthcare facilities that provide CT regarding their readiness to meet the new standards. Compliance with Joint Commission standards. Succeeding and Failing with XR29 Standard The results show there is room for improvement. Only 25% of healthcare facilities are completing annual training maybe the worst result but the easiest to fix. AltusLearn provides a solution that makes this type of training accessible to healthcare facilities and their professionals anywhere from any device. Our solution also makes tracking and reporting simple. Other areas may represent a bigger challenge to meet the various standards including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard XR 29-2013. Failure to meet the standard could result in a reduction in technical reimbursement on -5% in 2016 and -15% in 2017. The XR 29-2013 or Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) Smart Dose standard requires every CT system include:
  • DICOM radiation dose recording
  • CT dose check including notifications and alerts
  • Automatic exposure control
  • Pediatric and adult protocols for patients of different sizes
To learn more see the related articles: Joint Commission Standards More articles relating to the standards: Article by DotMed Article by Block Imaging Article by Aunt Minnie Article Diagnostic Imaging