Should you implement a true enterprise imaging strategy?

Today, medical imaging information has spread beyond the confines and control of radiology and cardiology departments. A prime example of this is seen in the medical imaging solutions that have emerged closer to the point-of-care including visible light images, ultrasound studies and specialty video. What technical strategy should you deploy to support how these point-of-care images are stored, managed and accessed? Increasingly, an enterprise imaging strategy is the clear answer to this question.

A recent webinar, which you can download here, documents how Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has implemented a consistent enterprise imaging strategy throughout the organization. CHOP has been using an independent, vendor-neutral archive (VNA) since the early 2000s.

In 2012, CHOP recognized the need to establish an enterprise imaging steering committee to monitor the imaging systems and processes in place to assure the quality and accountability of these services. The steering committee is composed of members from all departments that rely heavily on medical imaging — not just radiology and cardiology — but departments that capture and leverage non-DICOM images such as dermatology, wound care and more.

CHOP takes a unified image management approach and has established itself as a national leader in the enterprise imaging market. The provider’s imaging strategy is tightly aligned with its organizational strategies of growth, scalability, quality, efficiency and patient safety. Through a detailed discovery process, CHOP found it had 21 distinct image acquisition and viewing solutions and ten major storage solutions in use throughout its environment. With its enterprise imaging strategy, the provider was able to expand education and onboarding, establish a single independent enterprise storage platform for all clinical and non-clinical imaging solutions in use, address its mobile and non-mobile capture solutions and establish an enterprise visualization strategy across the entire enterprise.

Expanding across the enterprise

Like CHOP, you may soon realize that the departmental PACS that resides in your radiology department is no longer enough to support the diverse imaging demands of your enterprise. There are major converging market forces that are driving the need for the next evolution in healthcare delivery which is highlighted in the Hyland whitepaper; 8 reasons to move beyond a PACS-only approach to imaging.

Another driver is evident in the incompleteness of today’s electronic medical record (EMR) systems. While EMRs have improved the capture and accuracy of patient data in many ways, the fact remains that 80% of clinical content sits in systems outside of the EMR – much of it in the form DICOM and non-DICOM images and studies.

The prevalence of new, non-traditional imaging solutions are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, these emerging imaging solutions are accelerating diagnosis and improving patient care. On the other, these systems are creating a crisis because many healthcare organizations don’t have the flexibility to capture, manage and distribute these outlying imaging studies throughout their enterprise. The reasons to move beyond traditional PACS and implement an enterprise imaging strategy are becoming clearer by the day.

An enterprise imaging approach allows you to account for and manage all imaging systems and improve flexibility, access and scalability while controlling financial performance. Furthermore, an enterprise imaging approach can help improve clinical outcomes by improving workflows, collaboration and exchange throughout the care continuum. Finally, a comprehensive enterprise imaging strategy allows you to easily navigate new regulations and better manage security risks..

Is it time for you to consider a True Enterprise Imaging Strategy? If it is, see Hyland Healthcare at RSNA 2018. Hyland can assist your organization in addressing enterprise imaging as an organizational asset.

Phil Wasson

Phil Wasson

Phil Wasson, FACHE, is a healthcare industry manager and consultant at Hyland. His mission is to develop content and create alignment with healthcare organizations focusing on information management and imaging solutions so healthcare organizations can realize more efficient operations that improve patient care. Phil joined Hyland after a three-year stint at Lexmark Healthcare as a consultant, and later as a healthcare industry manager. Phil has more than 25 years leading healthcare IT functions as a CIO and holds a fellowship in Healthcare Management with the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He received his B.S. in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL.

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