Indiana hospital implements enterprise imaging platform

Indiana hospital implements enterprise imaging platform

May 23, 2017
Health IT
Marion General Hospital
Courtesy: MSKTD & Associates, Inc.
From the May 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

By John Wiggins

Today’s competitive environment requires a fully featured imaging IT architecture that delivers comprehensive diagnostic capabilities and can consolidate specialized or standalone modalities into an integrated platform.

We made the decision to convert from a traditional PACS with multiple independent modality viewing stations to an enterprise imaging platform that links previously disparate modalities and workflows. This system includes advanced diagnostic capabilities that can enhance accuracy and productivity — and is accessible by clicking a link in our EMR system.


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Radiologists and specialists can customize templates to increase reading efficiency and effectiveness. These personalized templates automatically launch when the user signs onto the system. Radiologists now produce content-rich reports with key images, tumor tracking and measurements that offer greater clinical value to referring physicians. And our voice recognition is also significantly improved.

The enterprise imaging platform is seamlessly linked with our EMR so users can click on the report tab to see current and past imaging studies. This is a dramatic improvement over our previous process that required logging into multiple applications. An icon automatically launches the universal viewer that allows onsite or offsite users to view the study on mobile devices as well as workstations.

In the past, dedicated workstations with separate workflows were used to read PET and mammography exams. Our previous PET workstation did not provide tumor measurement or tracking over time, but now automated tumor tracking is presented through graphs and numbers to show improvement or worsening, while analysis software displays the tumor’s response to chemotherapy. We also eliminated our standalone mammography workstation and integrated this modality into our workflow, so mammography exams can be read at multiple locations.

Reading of ultrasound exams has considerably improved with the ability of measurements to automatically populate in the report. Previously, radiologists had to retrieve ultrasound measurement data from imaging systems and dictate measurements into the report. The new workflow is not only faster, it also reduces the possibility for error.

A universal viewer now allows more than 100 onsite and offsite referring physicians to access patient reports and images on FDA-approved mobile devices using a zero footprint application. With a click of the mouse, a physician can launch the viewer, which displays a patient’s clinical history including 2-D images along with motion playback options for catheterization and echocardiography imaging exams.

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