Do you have a grip on your point-of-care images?

If the world of healthcare is always changing, sometimes at seemingly breakneck speed, then the world of enterprise imaging moves, literally, at the speed of light.

With quality and capabilities that rival their big brothers, portable imaging devices make imaging possible in locations we’ve never considered. The devices are also surprisingly affordable, allowing departments and even individual physicians to purchase them without capital outlay from the organization.  In most residency and fellowship programs where imaging is largely expected, specialty image capture and interpretation is becoming standard. As a result, those physicians are comfortable with the rapidly evolving technology and are highly skilled at the interpretation of images related to their field. This ability empowers them to make more informed, more immediate decisions for care, in the moment, without the lag time of interpretation by another clinician.

When you pair the portability, quality and affordability of imaging technology with the increased clinical expertise now available throughout an organization, it’s no wonder the volume of point-of care imaging is exploding. The question now is, how do you manage the stampede – especially once it’s out of the gate? What’s the impact of doing it well versus the risks of doing it not-so-well? How do you design an enterprise-wide solution that considers consistency, compliance, image comparison, collaboration, and yes, currency, while still respecting the inherent clinical workflows and disparate devices necessary to provide optimal care?

It’s not as ominous as it sounds

Join me, as well as Dr. Daniel Park, Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Director, Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound and Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC’s HCS Applications Developer, Brad Cook, as we discuss how UNC is doing all of the above in their busy Dermatology and Pediatric Emergency departments on this recorded webinar, which you can download here. We also provide some guidance on how to start those enterprise imaging strategy discussions in your own organizations, so that you, too, can get a grip on point-of-care images.

Julie McDonald

Julie McDonald, RN, is a focused healthcare professional with a strong clinical, administrative and leadership background. Julie is passionate about utilizing her 25 years of industry knowledge to assist in creating and leveraging technology solutions that will improve the experience of clinicians and their patients as Hyland’s Healthcare Business Consultant. Her past nursing experience has been in both a large, urban university-based medical center as well as a moderate sized community hospital, with a focus on clinical excellence, mentorship, and education of both patients and colleagues. This has provided her with a broad perspective of healthcare organizations and the unique and not so unique challenges they experience. Julie’s experience in facilitating collaboration among professionals and leading a team collective for a superior quality-of-care experience in a stressful, emotion-driven environment has been invaluable to her role at Hyland. It has helped her to provide a more meaningful discussion about how clinical needs and technical capabilities can be synchronized to provide a superior clinician and patient experience in an environment that is rapidly changing and challenging both clinically and technically.

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