Latest product release focuses on enterprise imaging in the cloud

enterprise imaging

Picture this. Hospitals and health systems generate nearly 40 million MRIs and 80 million CT scans, according to The Commonwealth Fund – and that’s not including healthcare imaging studies occurring outside radiology and cardiology.

These non-DICOM images are growing at an astronomical rate. Medical image capture now occurs in nearly every corner of the hospital – from the emergency department to specialty departments such as dermatology and ophthalmology.

Healthcare systems must contend with this exponential imaging growth, and not only in terms of image volume, but also with file size. Burgeoning technology is making it easier to render better digital images, from photorealistic views of the patient’s anatomy to three-dimensional images that can identify bone, tissue and cell changes, aiding rapid diagnosis and treatment.

In other words, a sophisticated enterprise-imaging strategy is becoming more important for hospitals than ever before. With that understanding, Hyland’s latest product release focuses almost exclusively on enhancing our Hyland Healthcare enterprise-imaging offering.

Enterprise imaging in the cloud

The challenge many healthcare organizations face when dealing with the increase in both imaging volume and file size is storage and maintenance. How can a hospital effectively update and adapt on-premises IT and physical infrastructure with medical imaging evolving so rapidly? In other words, how does a hospital ensure it has the ability to scale when the time comes?

Shifting enterprise-imaging infrastructure from on-premises to the cloud helps by providing healthcare organizations with the ability to quickly adopt and implement new technology and solutions. We’ve made that easier for Hyland Healthcare customers by making Acuo, Hyland’s vendor neutral archive solution, and NilRead, Hyland’s enterprise medical image viewing solution, available in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

This enhancement provides customers with an optimized and scalable architecture, ensuring access to imaging content anywhere at any time. Managed infrastructure and application services take the burden of managing the cloud environment off the health system and provide availability to all imaging departments and locations in the health system — regardless of size and specialty.

Many health systems will find it to be both a flexible and cost-effective cloud solution that delivers the product functionality customers both expect and demand.

Giving patients more control 

Enhancements to NilRead, a zero-footprint solution that provides anytime, anywhere image access and viewing, will allow patients to view, download and upload images through their patient portal. Not only does this better engage patients with their own care journey, it also helps reduce the number of hardcopy CDs and DVDs used to transport medical images from one provider to another.

In turn, this reduces physical interaction with patients and healthcare staff – critical during the COVID-19 pandemic – and eliminates physical media, which typically winds up in a landfill.

Enhancements to the PACSgear image connectivity suite and ImageNext

Alongside our enterprise imaging cloud solution and patient portal update to NilRead, enhancements to three solutions in our PACSgear image connectivity suite are also notable. They include:

  1. An update to our PACSgear Enterprise Server enables the secure transfer of images to the cloud through DICOM TLS and encrypted HL7, print-to-PACS functionality and new options for selecting specific content types for OnBase or XDS capture workflows
  2. Our MDR Video Touch 4K solution enhancement includes modernization of the operating systems and UI integration for enterprise authentication and management
  3. New integration between PACS Scan Mobile and PACSgear Enterprise Server enables enterprise authentication and management and UI enhancements designed to accelerate capture and support for iPad OS

Furthermore, the latest release of ImageNext, which provides an integrated, universal patient worklist, now allows relevant priors to be retrieved and displayed in the worklist based on relevant criteria. The solution also adds the ability to integrate with tele-imaging providers and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

As always, these enhancements arrive as part of Hyland’s strategy of more frequent product releases, incorporating the latest technology and providing customers with quicker, easier access to enhancements and new functionality.

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Tom Tennant has expertise in content creation and content services and has been a contributor to the Hyland blog.
Tom Tennant

Tom Tennant

Tom Tennant has expertise in content creation and content services and has been a contributor to the Hyland blog.

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