3 Ways Sharing Imaging Data Aids in Early Diagnosis


A Nurse and Physician Discuss Patient DataIn this era of instant gratification, patients now expect near-instantaneous response rates. Improving the speed and accuracy of diagnoses fundamentally serves to foster increased patient health and satisfaction, while helping to prevent future chronic conditions. Healthcare organizations can also help reduce costs and share savings by maintaining a focus on improving care outcomes.

Because of this shift in patient expectations, there is a renewed focus on producing faster and more accurate diagnoses.

The Conserus™ Clinical Data Exchange helps imaging communities evolve into modern diagnostic environments by enabling direct lines of sight into comprehensive and informed views of patient conditions.

The Conserus Clinical Data Exchange solution provides three benefits – accessibility, efficiency and mobility – to support robust image sharing and enable more accurate and efficient diagnoses.

1. Accessibility

Early diagnoses are often delayed by the number of imaging departments within and across facilities, and the inability to view non-DICOM images and image-related documents from a single interface. This leads to providers’ inability to view patient information from a single point of view.

“What is needed is a workflow application that is capable of aggregating across all of the imaging departments in the healthcare organization all of the relevant prior study information related to the patient and the current study just completed,” said Michael J. Gray, Principal, Gray Consulting.

With Clincial Data Exchange, management and transfer of patient data can be consolidated. This provides physicians with an informed starting point for diagnosis and treatment, as well as new findings for a patient’s condition.

2. Efficiency

With the cost of CT Scans, X-Rays and ultrasounds on the rise and ongoing research pointing to the harmful effects of redundant radiation exposure, imaging environments must streamline their processes to become more efficient.

A study by researchers at the University of Michigan showed promise in the reduction of health care costs and unnecessary care. According to the study, patients with emergency visits to two unaffiliated hospitals (that efficiently shared information) were:

  • 59 percent less likely to have a redundant CT scan
  • 44 percent less likely to get a duplicate ultrasound
  • 67 percent less likely to have a repeated chest X-ray

Multiple image orders for the same body part result in greater costs and potential hazards for the provider and patient. Clinical Data Exchange supports patient safety by reducing the need for duplicate testing and ultimately streamlining the path to fast and efficient early diagnosis.

3. Security

As data attacks and security concerns increase at the enterprise level, providers need a solution that protects patient data without compromising workflows. Conserus Clinical Data Exchange allows for secure information exchanges in these ways:

  • It reduces the need for sending critical patient information via mail or email, where it can be difficult to safely store data or control who can access it
  • It shifts privacy protection responsibilities to increasingly effective cybersecurity practices for safeguarding information and systems
  • Is compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. 

Image sharing better serves modern environments

With Conserus Clinical Data Exchange, you can evolve any healthcare environment into one that efficiently manages diagnostic imaging and related clinical documents.

By establishing this evolution, the following becomes possible:

  • Providers can diagnose more quickly, accurately and efficiently
  • Healthcare professionals can support the diagnosis of patient conditions early, with accuracy and safety
  • Hospitals may reduce costs and share savings

Learn how modern radiologists are managing and sharing DICOM and non-DICOM imagery in an effort to better serve patients. Watch the Conserus Clinical Data Exchange video about the benefits of intelligent workflow and early diagnosis, or request a meeting or demo at RSNA. We’ll be in McKesson booth 1135 in the South Hall.

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