Michael Bohl, MHA, RT(R), LinkedIn Profile started Dose Registry Support Services with the goal of supporting hospitals, imaging centers, and medical physcists participate in the ACR’s Dose Index Registry and provide Joint Commission accredited facilities with a cost-friendly program to comply with the new Joint Commission requirement to identify, review, and analyze dose “incidents” (PI.02.01.01 A6).
Mr. Bohl initially created this program to help the facility with which he was affiliated comply with TJC’s Dose Incident requirements. He authored an article titled Meeting The Joint Commission’s Dose Incident Identification and External Benchmarking Requirements Using the ACR’s Dose Index Registry which describes how facilities could use their Dose Index Registry data to implement a cost-efficient, yet highly effective Dose Incident Identification program, and avoid purchasing expensive third-party dose monitoring platforms. This article was published in the August, 2016 edition of the JACR.
However, he found that hospitals and staff, particularly were challenged to implement and maintain the Dose Index Registry: The DIR is not a set and forget process; while relatively simple, it must be maintained and reviewed.
Additionally, many CT and Radiology department staff do not have either the time and/or the Microsoft Excel/Access skills to implement the dose incident identification approach he described in his JACR article. Yet, he knew many facilities would benefit by using their DIR data to meet The Joint Commission’s incident identification requirements using the approach he developed.
DRSS offers cost-effective solutions supporting facilities participation in the Dose Index Registry, as well as meeting the Joint Commission’s requirement to identify, review, and analyze “incidents” required under the new Standard PI.02.01.01 A6. Our goal is to work with staff and help them understand the DIR and how they can use it to improve services and reduce patient dose. DRSS also provides unique perspectives each client facility can use to improve its services and enhance patient safety in other ways. For example, many facilities find they have duplicated protocols for the same test in a single scanner and across their facility. Our approach helps facilities identify duplicated exam names for later review.
For more information on how we can help your facility with the Dose Index Registry and/or Dose Incident Identification contact us.