September 20, 2022

NRDR Updates: What You Need to Know

Much is happening across the various registries that comprise the ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR). Here’s what you need to know to help your facility benchmark outcomes and process-of-care measures, develop quality improvement programs and catch up on NRDR updates:

DIR Report Enhancements and Updates

Have you checked out the Dose Index Registry (DIR) CT interactive reports recently? If not, take a look because you’ll see that several reports have changed to add new features. This update is part of an overall effort to streamline reports, make access to information more intuitive and maintain consistent report naming conventions across all the DIR modalities.

Visit the NRDR Support Knowledge Base articles listed below to learn more:

Stay on the lookout for announcements about the next DIR webinar on maximizing the value of your DIR reports. Missed the first two webinars? Catch up via the DIR Training Webinar Series.

DIR Link Now Coming in 2023

Thank you to all facility personnel who signed up for the DIR Link transition. The ACR team is now working with a number of “early adopter” sites to test the transition and ensure a smooth launch to the broader rollout — now scheduled to take place during 2023.

The new DIR Link, a component of ACR Connect, will replace the existing TRIAD Site Server. For details on the new rollout schedule, see the DIR Link Enhanced Data Transmission Knowledge Base article.

Reminder: Upon transitioning to DIR Link, facilities will no longer be able to send secondary capture data to the registry. This change coincides with the plan previously announced to stop accepting secondary capture data as of the end of 2022. See the DIR Phases Out Secondary Capture Knowledge Base article for details.

Measuring Up With GRID

Thank you to the many General Radiology Improvement Database (GRID) participants who contributed their time and opinions to complete the GRID Measure Survey distributed in June. The GRID Committee members are reviewing the results that will help guide decisions as the registry continues to evolve and grow.

If you missed the video that accompanied the invitation to take the GRID survey, take a look now to get an excellent overview on the range of measures available to support quality improvement.

If the video entices you to get started on a quality improvement initiative using GRID measures, register today for the 2022 ACR Quality and Safety Conference and attend the pre-conference session, “Using the GRID Registry for QI and MIPS” on October 20 from 3:30 to 5:30pm ET. The session will be led by GRID Committee Chair Phoung-Anh T. Duong, MD.