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The Coolest Montage Ever

Montage. [mänˈtäZH]

The process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole.

A wicked cool radiology analytics company. At SpeechCheck, we are passionate about documentation quality, and are fans of every technology that helps reduce documentation errors. We’re especially keen on NLP-based analytics, and are definite cheerleaders for Montage Healthcare.

I recently attended the Montage User group meeting in Las Vegas. The one-day meeting was packed with user case studies, announcements of enhanced features, and a look at the product roadmap. The Montage folks are gracious hosts, and the evening ended with a burger crawl as the strip was just starting to come alive.

In a recent post, I made this suggestion:

Look for help from analytics vendors who have developed formulas to unlock data relationships. Best practices in this field are emerging.

When I wrote this, I was thinking about the Montage radiologists and programming team. The use cases and functionality they have built into their software will help any radiology department unlock a tremendous amount of information from previously unorganized report data.

By far my favorite new feature was what Montage has dubbed “sequential search.” It allows users to create time conditional, longitudinal queries in a Google-like interface. More simply, it allows users to answer the following question: “How many patients have had study A and study B within X time period?” Immediate applications included reducing unnecessary and/or duplicate studies and reducing length of stay.

“Sequential search” was just one of a host of new Montage features; you can check out the rest in their press release. However, more than concentrating on a single analytics use case, the main idea of this post is to highlight the importance of accurate documentation. Montage has features that help identify and correct documentation errors, and of course SpeechCheck’s core business is retrospective documentation quality audits. Documentation quality is important; as an industry, we have settled for subpar reporting for far too long.

If you’re at RSNA this year, check out Montage’s booth in South Hall A: 5133. Ask them to show you their sequential search, and have them tell you their vision for how analytics can be used to radically transform your radiology department. SpeechCheck will be in the same hall, booth 2306. We’d love to chat about how our clients are using quality audits and customized physician coaching to improve the accuracy of their final documentation.
But no matter what, enjoy Chicago, SpeechCheck’s home base! In the next few weeks, we will be sending our recommendations for restaurants and things to do in Chicago during RSNA.  Our city is an amazing place to be, and we love to share the city we love. See you in the Windy City!

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