Students at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are gaining access to a new educational resource called Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation), which aims to give students more in-depth knowledge about medical imaging tests by using ACR's Radiology Case Management System (RCMS) integrated with the ACR Select clinical decision support (CDS) tools.

Radiology Business spoke with Marc H. Willis, DO, associate professor of radiology and associate chair for quality improvement at Baylor College of Medicine who was part of the team that created the program.

Radiology Business: What prompted you and your colleagues to launch Radiology-TEACHES? Marc Willis, DO: Chronic gaps in traditional medical education curricula in areas such as appropriate utilization of imaging, cost of imaging examinations, appropriate use of intravenous contrast and patient safety (radiation exposure). These gaps are a significant barrier for our pursuit of high-value healthcare.

In 2013, I saw what was going on in the area of clinical decision support. I felt it was great work, but believed that the issues we are trying to address are too big to wait and address solely after medical providers are done with their education. I proposed that we attack the issue on both fronts by also going upstream and educating people differently throughout medical education. Fortunately, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and National Decision Support Company shared this vision and agreed to collaborate in this endeavor.

How exactly was Radiology-TEACHES developed? A web-based education portal was created to simulate the ordering process for imaging examinations with integrated clinical decision support. This was done by authoring case vignettes within the ACR’s Radiology Case Management System (RCMS). The RCMS system was integrated with the ACR Select clinical decision support tool to provide learners with immediate feedback in this simulated environment.

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