A regional health information organization (RHIO) exchange is expanding capabilities beyond just sharing data to enabling providers to exchange radiological images.
HealtheConnections, a regional health information organization exchange serving eleven counties in central and northern New York, is cooperating with eHealth Technologies, which develops image enabled health information exchange solutions, to give the new capabilities.
The service will enable providers to access imaging studies available in its HIE for downloading and collaborative sharing with their own radiology systems, known as picture archiving and communication systems. The capability, known as “Transfer-to-PACS” is developed to alleviate the inefficiencies linked with sharing imaging studies.
Making it more convenient to share radiology imaging studies is important to precisely diagnosing and treating patients. In the past, it is been complicated and costly for healthcare providers to exchange imaging studies, mostly requiring sufferers to carry CD-ROMs with their images to medical appointments.
Transfer-to-PACS is embedded as a significant capability of the regional health information organization (RHIO), removing time-consuming manual steps providers generally use to access, download and share images, claims Gary Larson, executive vice president and general manager of HIE Solutions for eHealth Technologies.
By embedding image exchange within HIE services, HealtheConnections gives hospitals and imaging centers with approach to all imaging studies for patients across Central New York. Radiologists and support staff are capable to access the HIE and opt external studies of interest with a single click, seamlessly reconciling and transferring data into their own PACS.
The approach also will:
“We get more than 200,000 imaging studies a month from 29 hospitals and independent radiology centers. The capability to review, share and now download imaging studies is a valued service to our providers. It makes better efficiency, resulting in better patient care,” stated Rob Hack, president and CEO of HealtheConnections.
“Since executing Transfer-to- PACS, our workflow has become more efficient than ever,” stated Obie Burger of K&A Radiologic Technology Services. “There is no more time wasted while waiting around for images to be sent to our office on discs. Rather, we can pull up prior results in the HIE and compare them instantly to the new images.”
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