Neurostar Solutions, the Leading Virtual Radiology Network, Joins Forces with M*Modal to Increase Reporting Accuracy for Radiologists Nationwide : Web-Based Solutions Offer Cost Efficiencies Without Change to Workflow

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Neurostar Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced clinical image management solutions for radiology groups, today announced the incorporation of M*Modal’s advanced Speech Understanding technology into its existing Virtual Radiology Network (VRN). By combining services, the reporting accuracy and turn-around time already possible with the VRN will be enhanced to deliver increased satisfaction to the end users.

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This partnership will allow radiologists across multiple institutions to benefit from web-based, accurate services which will ultimately improve patient care

"Today's advanced, busy clinical imaging departments require highly efficient and cost-effective sharing of resources and expertise across global communities," says Arman Sharafshahi, President, Neurostar Solutions, Inc. "By partnering with M*Modal, we can help practices ensure reporting accuracy in a timely fashion for reading by designated radiologists, wherever they are located."

Neurostar's innovative Virtual Radiology Network (VRN) technology is a major step beyond Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). The VRN is designed to power virtual radiology networks and is the leading platform for outsourced clinical image management and workflow solutions. Its innovative architecture and universal workflow enable imaging centers, hospitals, and physicians' offices to share image data with a virtual community of radiologists and referring physicians, helping them expand services, productivity and referrals.

By incorporating AnyModal™ CDS (Conversational Documentation Services), M*Modal's transformational Speech Understanding solution, more accurate and complete reports are delivered in less time reducing the chance of errors. The technology is designed to be easy to use and always learning, facilitating its rapid adoption by time pressured clinicians.

"We are excited to work with a company that offers its technology through a web-based Software As A Service (SAAS) solution as we do. The vision that both players bring to the table will help radiologists do more, in more places with little or no training required," added Mr. Sharafshahi.

Its core platform, VRN, allows radiologists to communicate and handle workflow from anywhere at anytime due to its unique delivery technology. The Neurostar VRN is a full-featured Software As A Service (SAAS) offering which is completely web-based and hosted by Neurostar. The service combines image display, communication, workflow, management, archiving and disaster protection. It can utilize existing Internet connections to transmit images worldwide and requires minimal hardware and no client IT support.

The Virtual Radiology Network (VRN) pulls images from existing imaging modalities and PACS at multiple locations through an integrated network of on- and off-site servers and makes them available to any authorized user through integrated Worklists, streamlining image access and management. For sites that do not have a PACS, the VRN provides an affordable and easy-to-implement alternative to a traditional PACS.

By combining AnyModal CDS within VRN, radiologists will now be able to dictate without any change in workflow. The patented Speech Understanding services transform the spoken dictation into a draft report, automatically structured and encoded according to the healthcare provider's documentation rules. Documents are generated in a semantically interoperable HL7 CDA format to allow for streamlined report sharing between practitioners and facilities.

"This partnership will allow radiologists across multiple institutions to benefit from web-based, accurate services which will ultimately improve patient care," said Michael Finke, CEO of M*Modal. "With the speed and efficiency of the VRN, and the added accuracy through AnyModal CDS, geography is no longer a barrier for the radiologist," he concluded.

Benefits of the combined services include complete outsourcing which means the VRN product is housed in a high end datacenter and requires no hardware purchases, IT maintenance or upgrade costs. Additionally, the product offerings are extremely scaleable with no limit on the number of users or the volume of reports generated.

ABOUT NEUROSTAR

Neurostar Solutions, Inc., a software company, provides a software model for the delivery of radiology services through its virtual radiology network. Its virtual radiology network provides radiology reading and clinical image management services through various networks and telecommunications infrastructure, including the Internet. The company's virtual radiology networks encompass Web based picture archiving and communications systems and teleradiology technologies to facilitate on-line exchange of radiology exams among multiple imaging facilities and radiology groups, as well as facilitate plug-and-play image archiving, reporting, result distribution, disaster recovery, and business continuity services. It serves the hospitals, imaging centers, health systems and integrated delivery networks, single and multi-specialty clinics, physicians' offices, and teleradiology firms. Neurostar Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

ABOUT M*MODAL

M*Modal, based in Pittsburgh, PA, offers on-demand conversational documentation services that help healthcare providers capture discrete clinical information from dictation to generate complete and timely electronic medical records. The company's unique Speech Understanding technology platform, AnyModal CDS, is a vital tool that empowers physicians to capture clinical facts and orders from dictation without requiring any change to their normal dictation routine. M*Modal's focus is on providing hospitals, healthcare IT vendors, and medical transcription service providers with the industry's most comprehensive yet most adaptable solution for creating highly accurate, structured, encoded, and shareable medical documents to increase patient safety, promote continuity of patient care, and reduce cost. For more information on M*Modal, visit its Web site at: http://www.mmodal.com.

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