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● RIS/PACs/Imaging

provider, scheduling of exams, payment history, treatment instructions and forms and image viewing. Clinical decision support (CDS) systems have reached a clinical maturity to improve the treatment provided to patients. T ese systems provide expert recommendations for treatment options that are clinically and fi nancially best for the patient. Integrating these systems into the RIS provides an eff ective workfl ow and reduces redundant data entry. We have built a diagnostic tomosynthesis reading capability

into our PACS radiologist workstation that provides diagnostic and screening tools designed for this important area of women’s health. Our Synapse VNA includes a universal viewing capabil- ity for DICOM and non-DICOM imaging that completes the patient record by adding imaging from non-traditional areas, such as dermatology, oncology and endoscopy. T e viewer is zero download, browser independent and runs on multiple mobile platforms.

Brian Edds, vice president, product strategy, Amcom Software

Amcom wants to improve the speed and accuracy of deliver- ing critical test results from radiologists to ordering physicians. Our product, Amcom Critical Test Results Management (Amcom CTRM), quickly and securely sends test results from radiology to the right physician and other caregivers on their preferred mobile devices. T is speeds patient care and reduces valuable time wasted tracking down a patient’s order- ing physician. For example, a physician orders a CT scan in the emergency

department for a patient with a severe headache. T e order is entered into the emergency department information system (EDIS) and sent through several integrated systems. T ese include Amcom CTRM, HIS, RIS and PACS. An automatic alert is sent to all ED physicians at the time the radiologist enters his or her fi ndings. Since the alert includes the full fi ndings, there is no need to waste time tracking down the radiologist. Instead, the ordering physician is able to quickly provide care to the patient.

Another thing hospitals like about Amcom is how its CTRM works so well with its secure texting application, Mo- bile Connect, Powered by Amcom. T e physicians can get the critical alert in a secure way on their smartphones via this app, acknowledge receipt of it and text with other caregivers. T e message is logged in an audit trail. T e alerts from Amcom CTRM can include reports, images, annotations, voice clips and handwritten notes to provide the ordering physician all the information needed at his or her fi ngertips. Sending critical test results to ordering physicians with Amcom CTRM is designed to improve care and cut wasted time. T e secure delivery helps ensure all patient informa-

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tion is protected. T e ability to acknowledge a message via a smartphone provides closed-loop communication that enables physicians and other caregivers to provide the proper treatment for patients as soon as possible. Likewise, a patient with normal test results can be released sooner, and any incidental fi ndings can be noted for followup.

Lynda Goodrich, worldwide healthcare industry manager, workstations and thin clients, Hewlett-Packard


Advancements in clinical applications and workflow management tools have transformed PACS into a crucial decision-support system that requires robust performance from integrated workstations. Because the amount of image data has grown exponentially

over the past few years, users must be able to retrieve and transmit data quickly and accurately. Additionally, increased PACS functionality, increased image size and resolution, larger patient data sets and integrated medical records underscore the need for higher-end workstations. Selected HP Workstations are FDA-registered 892.2010 Class I devices and deliver proven performance, reliability and expandability needed in PACS. Providing storage and transmission of CT, MRI and PET imaging results, embedded HP Workstations allow data to be imported and exported from external or internal image-archive systems. HP PACS Worksta- tions are also designed to provide effi cient heat removal from processors, reduce overall acoustic output levels and support graphics cards that drive multiple high-end and third-party diagnostic monitors.

James Jay,

global vice president, radiology IT, Agfa HealthCare

T e healthcare industry continues to experience increases in imaging complexity, diagnostic imaging volume and competi- tion, all while facing reduced reimbursements and increased regulatory requirements. New IT solutions can help medical practitioners increasing patient outcomes, while improving productivity and reducing costs. PACS are evolving into broad imaging and clinical infor- mation systems and growing beyond radiology and typical imaging roles. Expanded departmental and imaging capabili- ties will allow a greater ROI on a solution through better use of IT infrastructure and less administrative overhead. T ese systems are also expanding to focus on productivity of imag- ing professionals. Productivity is being increased by a truly integrated and seamless user experience that encompasses all aspects of inter-


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