Effective this reporting cycle (Q3 2019), the DIR changed its report formats. As of October, 2019 the quarterly DIR Aggregate Excel reports we have become accustomed to will no longer be produced. These reports will be replaced by data that is currently available in the corresponding Interactive Aggregate Reports. The DIR held a webinar October 29th describing the changes and giving an introduction on how to use the new reports. Here is a link to a recording of that webinar: Oct 29, 2019 ACR Dose Index Registry Webinar.
As we’ve written in other posts, we believe these are positive changes: The new Tableau-based reports have advantages that the fixed, hard-copy Excel worksheets did not have. Having used the Interactive Reports for some time now, we find them incredibly useful, but they are not without a learning curve.
The challenge: The new report format requires facilities to self-generate much of the information that was previously provided in the fixed report. Based on my experience, some facilities may find having to self-generate some of the reports inconvenient and somewhat confusing, at least without some guidance.
The first step for facilities to make this as easy as possible is to view the webinar at the link above. After that, if you are still finding it challenging, feel free to contact us. Dose Registry Support Services are here to help make the DIR simple to use and understand; and, we can do so at a fraction of the cost of the more expensive third-party applications (which themselves are complex and difficult to use and understand).
In our opinion, the DIR is one of the last, best bargains in healthcare. We’re here to help you make the most of it. If you are attending RSNA and would like to schedule a meeting, or if you would like to speak with us, send an email by clicking here: Dose Registry Support Services.