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Imaging: Taking its rightful place at the


rom the silo and basement of radiology, to their acknowledged place now at the enterprise level, diagnostic images have come a long way since they were digitized more than 30 years ago. Today, CIOs

are starting to recognize that they need to take ownership of imaging and deliver multi-disciplinary imaging in patient- centric context via the electronic medical record (EMR). But until recently, the question has remained how this could be done effi ciently and eff ectively.

T e need for diagnostic images has made great demands on in ormation systems in healthcarl

information systems inf hea thcare

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enterprise level Image-enabling the EMR leads to increased productivity and effi ciencies. By James Jay

James Jay is vice president, imaging informatics, Agfa HealthCare. For more on Agfa HealthCare: www.rsleads. com/305ht-203

agement systems utilized in academic radiology departments became essential to the practice of radiology. T ese preliminary systems that became the picture archiving and communica- tions systems (PACS) that we know today have evolved to handle the explosion in radiology images and associated data the healthcare system handles on a daily basis. For instance, medical image archives are increasing by 20 to 40 percent each year, and it is estimated that in 2012 there were 1 billion medi- cal images stored in the U.S. Additionally, nearly 400 million healthcare procedures a year in the U.S. – beyond those just in radio o

T e last decade saw an incredible uptick in the adoption of digita i digital imaging technologies that in the last sevl been furf maturin ol

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w involve at least one medical image. eral years have

been u ther fueled by legislation. Despite reports that note a maturing in the PACS market, healthcare continues to demand an evolution to the path previously paved by image sharing in radiology and cardiology departments. As there continues to be a rapid expansion of digital images in dermatology, pathology, wound care and other areas to diagnose, treat and monitor patients, another wave of innovation is needed to bring these care areas into the realm of multimedia tools that assist in the delivery of care. Dep

epartments such as ophthalmology, pathology, endos- copy and dermatology are now also moving from their hard copy,, analog fi les and embracing digital imaging to further aid diag

aid diagnosis, workfl ow and patient care outcomes. As these departm departments look to expand the use of digital imaging, hospital executiv integrat man

ICIS is an enterprise clinical IT platform from Agfa HealthCare that provides a comprehensive view of multimedia patient imaging records. IMAGE COURTESY AGFA HEALTHCARE

18 May 2013

ecutives are searching for a solution to store these images and integrate them with the rest of the patient history. Although many previously thought a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) was the end-all solution for their imaging needs, they are quickly realizing that much more than storage is needed. T e key is in the workfl ow to acquire, re- port, share and distribute images – and the data and


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