With the advent of healthcare IT, technology solutions not only enhance patient care, but also reduce costs within a health care facility. Nowhere is this more evident than with medical imaging across the enterprise. Here are four reasons how enterprise imaging does both.
1) Managing massive amounts of specialized imaging applications. One only has to enter the sprawling complex of a state-of-the-art medical center, like, OSF in Illinois or Iowa Health System to understand how dependent the hospital and its constituents, e.g. patients, physicians, radiology oncologists and health care technicians, are on the smooth flow of information. Simplifying the workflow through a single point of distribution is the first step, among many, that we’ve taken so that hospitals can realize the full value of medical imaging.
2) Facilitating enhanced clinical collaborations. A study published recently in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics entitled, “Communication gap between docs may limit patient options,” suggests that some surgeons are paying lip service to the idea of collaboration. (Source: HealthImaging) The patient experience can only be improved when interdepartmental sharing becomes the norm. Decisions regarding the extent of a surgical recommendation or radiology therapies may eliminate unnecessary surgeries, thereby reducing costs, for example, when physicians and radiologists are accessing the same imaging information sooner rather than later.
3) Enabling image data sharing across disparate healthcare enterprises. Imagine this scenario: You’re traveling from Kansas City, MO. to Philadelphia for cancer care and treatment. Without your medical record, your new health care team would be unable to proceed with even the most basic treatment or therapeutic recommendations. Today, with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integration, there are no gaps in your care (where image sharing is legally permitted.)
4) Reducing the costs associated with image management through consolidation. While improved access and information sharing is a clear patient advantage, the financial savings associated with merging hardware and various operating systems can be substantial. By centralizing data management, investing in a single storage platform and eliminating the need to migrate PACS data completely, your organization will benefit from reduced maintenance costs and economies of scale.