Sage Health Management Solutions, Inc. was founded by Katherine Gray, PhD. in 1997. With extensive experience working in the hospital, health plan, medical management and radiology settings, Dr. Gray was able to predict trends that are only now becoming confirmed.
Many in healthcare have long been aware of the dilemma presented by exciting new diagnostic imaging technology and the corresponding unsustainable growth of imaging expenses. Conventional medical management efforts to curb this trend have themselves been expensive and have generally not lived up to their promise. Further, conventional utilization management programs cause inefficiencies in the imaging order process and do little to improve clinical outcomes. Well ahead of the technology adoption curve, Sage HMS recognized the Internet as a vehicle to deliver cost-effective clinical IT applications that facilitate appropriate imaging orders at the point of care and provide sustainable cost savings.
However, only after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its report on deaths attributed to preventable medical errors, documenting system problems in healthcare, did healthcare began to understand the Sage HMS value proposition. Shortly thereafter, employer groups such as The Leapfrog Group, understanding the link between quality and savings, strongly suggested CPOE and evidence based referrals.
Since then, there has been a growing awareness that CPOE combined with evidence-based imaging clinical decision support not only improves patient safety, it also saves time and money, improves care quality, and clinical communication.