Medical Imaging Technology at Baton Rouge General Reduces Report Turnaround Time to 3 Hours


Baton Rouge General Medical Center – particularly its radiology department – has a long history of staying on the forefront of the technology curve. It was the first in the US to operate a radiation therapy unit, the first in its region to offer endoscopic ultrasounds and the first in the state to offer portable digital radiology systems.

That long-standing history is what led it to adopt the next generation of medical imaging technology.

The medical center needed to leverage medical imaging technology that could enable fast, easy access to digital images across the enterprise. Plus, it needed a solution that would help it meet the meaningful use requirements associated with tapping into federal stimulus incentives.

Baton Rouge General first implemented McKesson Horizon Medical Imaging™ Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Horizon Cardiology Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS).

Since implementation, the two systems have:

  • Reduced film costs by $500,000 a year
  • Made images readily available from any location
  • Eliminated the need for a radiologist at each campus 24/7
  • Increased the use of subspecialists, who no longer have to travel to multiple locations

But Baton Rouge General didn’t stop there. Shortly after the PACS system and CVIS implementation, it added the McKesson HorizonWP® Physician Portal to provide enhanced service to referring physicians.

The web portal, which enables access to images created from a variety of modalities, has drastically reduced report turnaround time from 12-18 hours to just three.

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