Life Image has extensive experience implementing image-exchange solutions across clinical specialty settings in hospitals and health systems. We understand the unique needs and workflows of Neurology professionals. Let us review your organization’s current processes, business objectives, and image exchange needs to help calculate and measure potential ROI through Life Image image exchange.
Neurology and Image Sharing
Empty those silos with Life Image – the enterprise electronic medical image sharing platform of choice for thousands of interconnected hospitals across the country. Life Image enables clinicians to quickly gain access to and compare data from previously disconnected or siloed imaging repositories – PACS, VNA, image exchange networks and other clinical systems – to gain the first truly universal view of their patient’s imaging history.
Neurologists rely on full-fidelity, diagnostic quality images to make critical decisions on patient care, collaborate with their peers, review exams with patients and caregivers and perform research to advance the discipline. Regardless of where these images originate, the real-time electronic exchange of neurological imaging and associated records among physicians, hospitals and patients is the lifeblood of the profession. An optimized image sharing process ensures expert and well-coordinated care, improves clinical outcomes, reduces duplicative testing, boosts patient and physician satisfaction, maximizes patient/physician time and ultimately impacts the bottom line.
Despite the importance of health data liquidity to neurology, poor interoperability between hospitals, specialists and systems continues to hamper care coordination and ultimately patient care. This is particularly true in neurology, where specialists deal with complicated cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s and dementia, which are often a co-diagnosis or one of many ailments for aging patients. Improved collaboration and coordination enabled through the Life Image image-sharing platform can also save lives by linking Neurologists to remote, community EDs and trauma teams as they work on time-sensitive Telestroke cases.
Collaborating across care settings
With Life Image, specialists across care settings are able to collaborate to:
View outside studies on one convenient viewer
Whether exams arrive electronically via the Cloud or CD through the Life Image network, our service provides you with one image viewer to look at them all. This zero-download viewer works wherever you need it. Your PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone. Or, at home, at the office, or in an exam room. Images where and when you want them.
Review scans before a patient arrives
Life Image enables neurologists to view exams before a visit, transfer or remote consultation – allowing referring physicians and patients to send you studies, instantly, and from anywhere. When you receive exams ahead of time, you can better triage patients and plan for their course of treatment – whether it be referral to another sub-specialist or clinic, or determining if the patient is a candidate for a new therapy.
Achieve specialty-specific, role-based workflows
Life Image also maximizes practice efficiency. Tasks are aligned by appropriate level, so, for example, non-clinical staff can perform CD upload tasks at check-in and registration, while clinicians can view and share those exams as needed, while staying focused on care planning, administering care and research.
Boost referrals and second reads
By enabling you to receive outside exams electronically, Life Image’s image exchange platform helps you capture new referrals, unbounded by geography and monetize secondary reads. And, as the healthcare industry moves from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement models, the Life Image platform can help maximize profitability in a risk-based environment.
Reduce harmful and costly duplicate procedures
Life Image, across all specialty practice areas, mitigates radiation exposure in patients and lost fees from unnecessary redundant imaging.
Results of Life Image survey of CHIME members
According to a June 2016 Life Image survey of CHIME members – the professional organization of hospital CIOs – the key drivers for interoperability of images between organizations are:
The same survey found that Neurology/Neurosurgery ranked fourth overall – behind Cardiology, Orthopedics and Radiology – as the specialty that has the most need for image-sharing technology.