Again, this year, McKesson was very pleased to participate in the Image Share demonstration during RSNA© in Chicago. The guided demonstrations of new health information exchange and image sharing technology took place every 20 minutes during the five days of the show and showcased how patient records can be transferred from facility to facility and accessed by a variety of clinicians both inside and outside the hospital.
The demonstration took place at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) booth, with groups of attendees getting an overview of the showcase demonstration by a radiologist familiar with the scenario.
The showcase was designed to demonstrate:
- Structured reporting using RSNA RadReport reporting templates, RadLex® terminology, and the IHE MRRT(“Management of Radiology Report Templates”) profile
- Radiology clinical decision support
- Communication of actionable findings to referring physicians
- Efficient management of imaging protocols
- Patient-focused image sharing through the RSNA Image Share network, a pilot project funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
By following the process from station to station, attendees saw how patient records can flow from patient registration to imaging to a radiologist for interpretation and reporting. They could then see how records can then be easily accessed by multiple physicians at multiple facilities, including the referring physician and—in some cases—the patient. Other vendors participating in the showcase included VoXcell, GE Healthcare, Forcare, LifeImage, TeraRecon, UMCM, LogicNet, Nuance, MedCurrent, Qvera, Bayer.
At the McKesson station, we demonstrated how patient records and images can be accessed from multiple facilities by multiple clinicians. The demonstration was done live (on the fly) by accessing patient records on IHE’s server using Conserus™ Clinical Data Exchange functionality. It clearly showed that by following standards, vendors can integrate with any other standards-based systems. Attendees could see the ease with which patient records could be copied, moved, accessed, and understand that the barrier to record sharing is no longer limited by technology. We also demonstrated Conserus™ Enterprise Viewer, which allows an unlimited number of users to securely access diagnostic-grade images, regardless of whether they’re within the hospital, in a cardiology imaging system, in a PACS or RIS from another vendor, or in a vendor neutral archive.
Given how important accessible patient records are to helping improve outcomes and how patients often need to be seen at multiple facilities, it is important that radiologists and healthcare executives understand the potential for interoperability between systems using IHE standards. If you are going to HIMSS ’16, Feb. 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas, be sure to visit us in the interoperability showcase (booth #11954) and see us in McKesson booth #4200.