Blueprint to providing successful image exchange with referral sites
In order for large healthcare organizations to offer their referring community and other customers optimal image exchange , they need to have the ability to easily share, receive and collaborate on imaging exams within and outside of their networks in a timely and efficient manner. A sufficient image exchange solution should offer a variety of ways to view, receive, and exchange exams and reports on a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform that also improves physician workflow and clinical outcomes.
Exchange Challenges Hospitals Face Today
Expensive costs of sending exams
Cost and complexity of VPN tunnels to other sites sending exams
Cost of delivering outside exams
Cost and headache of fax / courier models for delivery of outside exams
Managing multiple solutions
Complicated or multiple solutions being managed by the IT department to exchange with external facilities
Transferring exams on cds
Physical media like CD’s and faxes that are used in place of a digital solution
Outside image access
Access to imaging in other facilities
Easy deployment and configuration of lightweight image exchange solution for referral and coordination sites:
- Should be a lightweight, downloadable application which requires minimal configuration to enable image exchange.
- Should provide the ability to connect to local data sources such as PACS, and RIS to support sending exams with reports.
- Should allow the Referral and Coordination site to receive exams and automatically route to local storage such as PACS, a VNA, or archive.
Enable referral and coordination sites to securely and easily exchange exams and reports:
- Enable exams to be sent from the PACS at one imaging facility to the PACS at another imaging facility simply by routing the exam to a pre-defined DICOM node.
- Referral and Coordination sites have the ability to send reports along with the images based on rules.
- Easily connect to other entities to facilitate digital exchange.
Enable referral and coordination site clinicians with enhanced cloud capabilities:
- Clinicians can be given cloud access to view images they receive with a diagnostic quality viewer, or view on their local workstation after the exam is downloaded to their PACS.
- Enable external clinicians to access, manipulate, and collaborate with colleagues on an exam anytime from any location. This can ensure there is no delay in patient care due to a clinician or physician being outside the hospital network.