As radiology departments become more complex, and the focus shifts to quality and efficiency, imaging workflows and data collection methods become significantly more complicated and sophisticated. That includes how radiologists facilitate patient care in the imaging environment; communicate and collaborate with other care providers; document and track radiology/physician interactions; and how radiology systems integrate and share data with other systems, such as electronic health records (EHRs). Imaging workflow management, now more than ever, needs to be automated, and data needs to be readily available in the imaging application tool set.
The fact is, the imaging staff cannot be truly efficient without tools that automate imaging workflow and make it possible for them to work in multiple facility, multiple system environments. Fortunately, today’s workflow rules engines are intelligent solutions that easily tie together systems to help eliminate manual steps and supply analytics and data to their end users to help identify cost saving opportunities. Better still, they are fully customizable, so they may accommodate a multitude of new or existing workflow processes.
State-of-the-art systems include:
- A unified enterprise work list
- Real time and offline communication tools
- Easy-to-create business rules that can be set up at multiple levels (user, enterprise, etc.)
- Task prioritization and time-driven escalations
- Intelligent task tracking and tickler-file notations for later follow up
- Ability to expand as needs evolve and change
- Robust business intelligence that facilitates problem solving and continuous improvement efforts
Importantly, today’s advanced imaging workflow engines connect seamlessly with RIS, PACS, EHRs and other important hospital financial and data applications. This connection can enable organizations to access real-time data to help make decisions, manage quality and help improve patient safety. Among other things, seamlessly connected workflow engines give administrators the freedom to develop a clear escalation path for any studies or issues nearing a predetermined threshold while focusing on priority departmental needs.
Going to RSNA 2014 from November 30 to December 5? Ask one of our representatives about our QICS™ (Qualitative Intelligence Communication System) workflow system and the new McKesson Enterprise Image Workflow Intelligence™ advanced work list solution at Booth 7313 or request a demo in advance of the show.