We are pleased to announce that the CAR Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) is going digital.
In April 2021, the CAR will launch a new accreditation information system. With the new system, MAP-accredited facilities and associated personnel will provide all required information and documents exclusively online, including images. The new portal will also provide detailed guidance at each stage of the accreditation process. Questions and concerns about accreditation requirements can be addressed quickly and easily from within the portal.
MAP is aimed at providing the highest quality of care for breast imaging in Canada. The clinic accreditation process is an important element of enhancing care and engendering trust. The new online system will help to further amplify these values as well as safeguard patients, while simplifying the process for radiologists and medical radiation technologists (MRTs).
The new digital system will make the accreditation process more straightforward and efficient. We want to acknowledge that some processes are going to change, and that these changes will come with a learning curve. The MAP team has taken steps to ensure that there is ample time for facilities, radiologists, and MRTs to familiarize themselves with the new software while receiving guidance and support. We will be working with you every step of the way through the accreditation process.
Things you should know:
- All reporting requirements for facilities and individuals are online.
- You will no longer be asked for the same information by multiple facilities. Radiologists and MRTs manage their own profile and requirements.
- You will receive email notifications about actions that must be taken.
- Radiologists’ specific requirements:
- Annual read submission
- Physicist report will be required annually for home radiologist’s workstations.
- Maintenance of 15 CPD credits (7.5 accredited, 7.5 non-accredited)
- Credits expire after 3 years.
Anyone not in compliance with standards will be given a reasonable opportunity to achieve the standards (1 year for reads/6months for CPD). As the new system goes live, there will be a grace period of four (4) months to ensure all facilities and individuals are in compliance with MAP standards.
“I have been a part of MAP for 15 years and had the opportunity to test the new accreditation system. I find the new software easy to use and saves me a lot of time.”
– Dr Carolyn Flegg, Medical Director of the Breast Health Centre at Saskatoon City Hospital. “I look forward to having one place to upload all of my information. I read breast images from multiple facilities, so this will be a welcome reduction in my workload. I’ve had a sneak peak of the new software and I can say without hesitation that this will make my life easier.”
– Dr. Karen Seland, Radiologist at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.
For your ease, the new software features a communication platform and a repository for reference documents to help you navigate the system. This information will also be made available on the MAP section of the CAR website. If you have questions or concerns about the new system, the MAP team is available by phone or email. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Ultimately, the new system will enhance accreditation processes and reduce administrative burden, while contributing to safer patient care.