How Enterprise Imaging Leads to Better Control of Patient Data

2013-04-08
 

Digital HardwareThe Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) defines enterprise content management as “the strategies, methods and tools used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes.” Where does enterprise imaging fit into this definition?

For one, enterprise imaging provides the tools and strategies to manage a hospital delivery system’s imaging information wherever that information exists, independent of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS.) The exponential growth of digital data in healthcare, e.g. X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, CTs and nuclear imaging, from gigabytes to terabytes, requires better control of data.

4 Advantages to Enterprise Imaging

1. Access and Information Sharing – Access to patient information across numerous diverse healthcare and custom legacy applications is inefficient and time consuming. One central data repository simplifies enterprise-wide access to medical imaging information and facilitates enhanced clinical collaborations. Consolidating all imaging data allows care managers and clinicians greater access, optimizing the number of individual systems that IT needs to maintain.

2. Data Migration – If your PACS implementations are starting to have performance issues and nearing the end of useful life, then adopting an enterprise imaging solution means you’ll never need to migrate PACS data again, saving money over time.

3. Financial Benefits – By investing in a single larger storage platform, your organization can benefit from economies of scale. In addition, image management related expenditures, such as hardware and operating costs are minimized through consolidating to one system.

4. Manage Liability – Retention management is an add-on feature we offer for enterprise imaging solution, McKesson Enterprise Image Repository™. This lets you delete legacy radiology studies based on your unique pre-set criteria. As a hospital administrator you can create retention/purge rules specific to your facility, that are compliant with hospital retention policies but which may differ due to jurisdictional requirements.

When you unlock the value of your medical imaging data, extract those files from their departmental silos to make them more readily available across the enterprise and give medical personnel the information they need when they need it, then you’ve succeeded in harnessing big data in the enterprise.

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