preting diagnostic images (HIS/RIS, PACS, 3-D, reporting, specialized clinical applications and more). No more fumbling between diff ering applications. T e industry also faces increased regulatory and quality
requirements. Clinical workfl ow engines are able to coordi- nate each of the clinical steps and the collaboration required between all imaging professionals involved in a case. All of the steps that comprise a medical procedure can be broken down into tasks and assigned to roles, according to regulatory and quality requirements. Finally, to be eff ective, imaging systems need to be able to integrate into the EMR seamlessly to help provide clinicians a complete, centralized picture of the patient’s health record.
Kevin Yearick, director, network services, Grady Health System
As the science of medicine continues to advance, innova- tions in technology are evolving to enhance the healthcare in- dustry. Specifi cally, EMR and PACS are important technologies that are being used more frequently in healthcare. According to a recent report from Kalorama Information, more than 70 percent of physicians have used an EMR, up from only 26 percent in 2006.
Among those using a regional PACS system are physicians
at Grady Health System, one of the nation’s largest public health systems, which includes Grady Hospital, Georgia’s largest hospital and level-one trauma center in metro Atlanta. In order to support its healthcare technology systems, Grady
Health System needed a high-performance network infrastruc- ture that would improve the speed and quality of patient care. As a result, the organization partnered with Comcast Business, whose Ethernet services provide high-bandwidth communica- tions so that Grady’s 15 remote offi ces can use EMR, PACS and telemedicine programs for its patients. T ese programs enable real-time transfer of digital medical records and high-resolution radiology fi les to leading specialists. T is facilitates faster diag- nosis, expands access to specialists for patients in remote areas and improves effi ciency for medical and administrative staff . T rough its partnership with Comcast Business, Grady
Health System now has access to fast, reliable connectivity between its facilities and a high-performance network infra- structure that enhances the quality of patient care.
Steve Deaton, vice president, Viztek
Viztek is releasing a completely zero-footprint software platform that more seamlessly integrates physician clinic charting with radiology workfl ow. It includes full Web-based functionality sans client-based software. It works on any operating system, and the platform can host or encompass PACS, specialty viewers and tools, including mammography and orthopedics, practice management, EHR, EMR, billing, radiology scheduling and RIS. T e platform is tailored for clinic practices, with on-site radiology services beyond X-ray, and is typical for such exams as MR and CT at orthopedic or ENT clinics, for example, to be ordered by the physician during the patient examination. However, these types of exams require scheduling for a later date, in part because of insurance authorizations. Most EMR systems on the market fall short in allowing for the necessary radiology workfl ow components beyond X-ray.
senior technical consultant, McKesson
T ere are four key features and benefi ts trends to watch. 1. Managing ongoing costs. T is involves reducing escalating, image-management-related expenditures and supporting image data sharing. T e McKesson Enterprise Image Repository archives and manages image data on behalf of the systems with which it interfaces in a common, consolidated archive. T e McKesson Enterprise Image Repository also simplifi es enterprise-wide access to image information with a single point of distribution for image data.
2. Ability to scale. T is enables easier deployment on multiple devices and in multiple locations and off ers scaling to meet growing business demands, which is how and why McKesson’s radiology solutions contrib- ute to a lower cost of ownership and a faster adoption of the technology. Our radiology solutions are created to suit various user needs, from a complex radiologist reporting cockpit to clinical reference viewers and workfl ows. T e solutions are optimized for network performance that may result in faster launch time and faster time to load the fi rst image and scale to meet the growing demands of the business.
3. Workfl ow management. T is calls for collecting, combining and analyzing data in powerful, actionable
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