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Road to HIMSS 16: Interoperability, Automation & Data Access

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By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Perhaps unsurprisingly, as we lead up to HIMSS 2016, we’re continuing to hear about the need for greater systems interoperability in healthcare. As such, we’re looking forward to attending the conference and demonstrating how InteleOne® XE can help overcome interoperability challenges by connecting to disparate repositories across the imaging ecosystem to create a cross-enterprise workflow for radiologists.                 

Released this past autumn, InteleOne® XE is the latest version of our cross-enterprise imaging solution, which equips radiologists with a single, unified worklist and diagnostic viewer that provides access to patient images and reports that are stored across the enterprise’s disparate RIS, HIS, EMR, PACS and VNA systems. This allows clinicians to provide higher quality care in less time while improving collaboration amongst colleagues.

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Using automation to enhance case distribution

By connecting each radiologist within the organization to the entire imaging ecosystem, InteleOne XE opens up new possibilities regarding how clinical data moves across the enterprise. For example, when coupled with Intelerad’s Assignment Engine, the solution enables automated case distribution based on pre-set criteria such as subspecialty, location or workload.

Bringing the health enterprise closer together

The solution also transforms how enterprises manage aspects of radiology, such as peer review. Whereas in the past or in other solutions, these were managed by each individual site, they can now be managed across a network of sites. This is highly beneficial in a number of ways, for example when a subspecialty case needs to be reviewed but the most qualified radiologist for the case is based at a different site.

By allowing clinical information to be shared across multiple sites, InteleOne XE allows imaging organizations to engage subspecialists regardless of where they are based – this could be a different city, or even on the other side of the country. It also means that radiologists can read for multiple sites across the enterprise, provide subspecialty coverage to multiple facilities, accommodate after-hours shifts, and read from home.

Better access to data leads to better results

With greater access to clinical data, radiologists are provided a greater view of prior results, providing a richer patient context from previous episodes of care. For example, InteleOne XE’s master patient index helps end users to locate patient images and reports that are stored in different repositories across the enterprise. Providing this comprehensive view of the patient’s records not only saves time, but eliminates the need for and the cost of repeat imaging exams, and ultimately leads to better clinical outcomes.

Over the past seven years, we’ve deployed InteleOne to a number of customers, and have seen some amazing results. In addition to facilitating enterprise growth, the ability to access information across the enterprise has seen substantial increases in individual and enterprise performance, as well as improving the quality of healthcare that’s delivered to patients. All this, while helping customers derive more value from their existing imaging infrastructure.

If you’re interested to learn more about the offerings that we’ll be showcasing at HIMSS, visit http://www.intelerad.com/himss.

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January 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

IT Lead from NHS Site Discusses the Benefits of Their InteleOne Deployment

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

In 2014, InteleOne was deployed to University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM), which is an NHS site located in Stoke-On-Trent and Stafford, UK. Using the solution’s cross-enterprise workflow allowed two NHS trusts to merge without either of them having to replace legacy systems or migrate data. The result has seen radiologists read for multiple sites within the organization, leading to increases in both quality and productivity.

In the video below, Phil Williams, Divisional IT Lead at UNHM, discusses the challenges his organization was facing, the deployment process and the benefits that InteleOne has provided.

A complete case study on UHNM’s InteleOne deployment can be found on our website. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of InteleOne XE, I recommend visiting the solution’s microsite.

-Paul

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November 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

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Examining the Pillars of a Cross-Enterprise Imaging Solution

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

For today’s healthcare enterprise, managing numerous systems within an imaging ecosystem can be a daunting task. Furthermore, as financial pressure on IT budgets continues to increase, consolidating patient data into a central archive is a less viable resolution for most organizations.Examining_the_Pillars_of_a_Cross-Enterprise_cover-265x343

Thankfully, an alternative exists in the form of cross-enterprise workflow solutions.

These solutions link clinicians to patient data stored in disparate systems across the enterprise, which enables organizations to increase quality, performance and collaboration across multiple sites. Earlier this month, we published an ebook that examines in area in which cross-enterprise workflow solutions deliver value. This includes:

▪ Achieving interoperability
▪ Leveraging existing infrastructure
▪ Driving individual and enterprise productivity
▪ Improving the quality of healthcare delivered
▪ The financial flexibility afforded by a cross-enterprise imaging solution

This free ebook can be downloaded directly from Intelerad’s website. If you have any thoughts on the subject matter, please feel free to use the comments box below.

– Paul

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October 23, 2015 at 10:56 am

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Using InteleOne XE to Drive Radiologist Productivity

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

For medical imaging professionals, having to change systems (and/or reading rooms) in order to report on a scan or search for patient information can eat up a great deal of time during the day. This comes not only from having to log on to a different workstation, but having to remember all the subtle differences between user interfaces – things like keyboard shortcuts, hanging protocols, voice recognition settings and more.

Thankfully, for a growing number of radiologists, InteleOne XE is helping to resolve this issue. By leveraging interoperability, the solution seamlessly connects them to the data stored in their health enterprise’s RIS, HIS, EMR, PACS and VNA systems. In doing so, radiologists are provided a single workstation from which they can read all studies and access patient data stored across the imaging ecosystem.  

In terms of productivity gains, some radiologists have told me that the solution saves them more than an hour per day. This includes Dr. Andrew Mills, a musculoskeletal radiologist at Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants in Fort Collins, Colorado, who I sat down with recently to discuss the benefits he was provided through his use of InteleOne XE.

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October 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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Discussing InteleOne’s benefits with the CIO of Advanced Medical Imaging Consulants

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By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

For years, forward-thinking imaging enterprises have used InteleOne’s unified worklist and viewer to drive productivity, improve quality and grow their business. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants (AMIC) is no different.

The exclusive medical imaging provider for leading area hospitals across Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Southwest Nebraska, AMIC’s staff is made up of more than 41 board-certified, subspecialty-trained radiologists who read close to 600,000 studies per year for 24 customers, including five large hospitals (where AMIC radiologists sit), a large imaging center, and a number of smaller/rural facilities.

I recently had the chance to sit down with AMIC’s CIO, Lawrence Long, to discuss a number of items, from the solution’s deployment to the benefits of its master patient index, to the overall impact that InteleOne has had on their enterprise. In addition the video below, a full case study can be on our website.

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August 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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Using InteleOne to modernize first- and second-generation PACS in the UK

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

In the 15 months since Intelerad announced its U.K. expansion, a number of organizations in the region have selected our solutions to overcome workflow challenges and drive their operational performance. With UKRC 2015 taking place in Liverpool next week, I wanted to repost a blog outlining how an NHS trust is using InteleOne to enhance productivity and improve quality.

If you are interested in learning more about our solutions or receive a demo at UKRC, please visit us at booth 84.

– Paul

Using InteleOne to modernize first- and second-generation PACS in the UK 
By Roy Kinnear, U.K. Sales Manager, Intelerad

In March 2014, Intelerad® announced an expansion of its U.K. operations, opening an office in Manchester and hiring full-time staff to better serve customers and grow business in the region. To date, the expansion has been successful, with medical imaging providers showing a great deal of interest in our solutions, and one local NHS trust selecting InteleOne® to serve as their enterprise workflow solution.photodune-3820804-maths-xxl

The trust in question will be using InteleOne to solve a problem facing a large number of medical imaging providers in the region: they’re not in the position to do a full PACS replacement, but are limited by the functionality provided by their first- or second-generation PACS. An example of this would be how organizations transfer images. Not only are a lot of organizations working with compact discs, but they often have staff dedicated to transferring images from portal to portal.

When clinicians and IT staff see a solution like InteleOne, and its fresh way of sharing images, the possibilities of what can be accomplished when the right solutions are available to them becomes clear. Providing a slick user experience that puts the right workflow and toolsets in users’ hands allows for leaps in productivity and quality of reads.

What helps with InteleOne, is that it provides radiology groups and departments with all the features and benefits of a modern PACS, without having to do a complete PACS replacement. Instead, the solution’s interoperability allows it to sit on top of existing PACS (this can be a single PACS, multiple PACS from different vendors), and pull the images (including priors) into a common worklist and viewer.

InteleOne has brought a lot of success to customers in the U.S. (case studies can be found here) and we’re looking forward to replicating this success in the U.K. If you’re interested in learning more about InteleOne’s features and benefits, we have a KLAS report on the solution available, or feel free to reach out to us directly.

– Roy

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June 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm

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Montreal Children’s Hospital Completes Move to New Facility

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

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Congratulations to our long-time customers at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, who successfully moved from their standalone, red-brick facility to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) super hospital last weekend.

While moving a hospital from one facility to another is no easy feat, the hospital managed to execute their well-orchestrated operation in just under four hours. Using a rigorous methodology where each of the 66 young patients moved had a nurse and physician by their side, the move was facilitated by the help of 675 people (both staff and volunteers), including 36 paramedics who used 18 ambulances to transport patients.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s new facility has been designed to create efficient spaces that support today’s best practices in pediatric medicine, making our ability to provide excellent care to patients and their families easier.

The new hospital will have 154 single patient rooms, each with large couches for parents to keep their children company both day and night. In addition, the hospital’s inter-disciplinary teams will be equipped to come together to share their knowledge, discoveries and resources, furthering their contribution to the advancement of medicine in Montreal and the world.

A case study detailing how Montreal Children’s Hospital uses IntelePACS to optimize workflow, raise quality and reduce turnaround time can be found here.

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May 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

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