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It’s time to stop manually sourcing data from your medical imaging systems

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Have you ever tried to calculate the amount of time your enterprise spends on an annual basis extracting and analyzing data from your medical imaging systems?

While tabulating data can have tremendous benefits in terms of operational performance, attracting business and maintaining customer relations, the manual gathering of operational data from across the imaging chain can be a time-consuming, and at times frustrating, endeavor. However, solutions like Intelerad Analytics™ automate the task and make the data readily available.

Intelerad Analytics ebook

Intelerad’s free ebook explains the benefits of sourcing analytics from your medical imaging systems.

As the solution gathers and processes the information, it creates dashboards and reports for key members of the enterprise (business managers, chief radiologists and operational support staff) using data to analyze productivity, quality, departmental workflow, system level data, and referrer activity.

By offering access to the data in real-time, key members of staff become equipped with actionable information that is tailored to their needs, while its availability allows for bottlenecks to be identified and resolved quickly.

At the same time, an analytics module can automatically produce reports at set intervals, which allows for the enterprise to assess its operations over a given period.

Regardless of the frequency at which the data is accessed, once in hand, key members of the enterprise are provided clear, statistical analysis in areas where it may not have existed prior. This allows for a better understanding of the enterprise as a whole, while pinpointing areas where adjustments or improvements can be made.

For more information on how to automatically cull data and use it to your advantage, download the free ebook Leveraging Analytics to Continually Improve Medical Imaging Operations.

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May 7, 2015 at 9:20 am

Helping PACS Administrators Get the Most from Our Solutions

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

“The more prepared you are, the less pressure you feel.”  ― Orrin Woodward

Managing a health enterprise’s medical imaging systems can be a complex task. To ensure our customers’ operations run smoothly, each year Intelerad hosts a number of courses to help their PACS administrators better understand and manage their IntelePACS deployment.

Designed and taught by members of our professional services team, these courses primarily focus on sharpening both beginner and advanced users’ administrative skills and preparing them for certain scenarios that can arise in a live setting.

While the next edition courses for North American clients are set to take place in Montreal at the end of this month, our Australian team recently hosted the courses in Melbourne for a number of our Oceania-based customers. Some photos from that event can be found below.

If you’re a customer looking to find out more about our PACS administrator courses, and when they’ll be taking place, we recommend that you speak with your account manager.

– Paul

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April 15, 2015 at 9:43 am

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Five Key Aspects of Next-Generation, Hospital Medical Imaging Systems

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

If you were tasked with replacing your enterprise’s medical imaging systems, where would you begin? Are there certain aspects of a system that you would prioritize over others? What would be your rating criteria for the systems you evaluate?

When the decision is made to deploy a new system, there are a number of factors that come with selecting the right system for your organizations. To help with this, last month, we published the free ebook Five Key Aspects of Next-Generation, Hospital Medical Imaging Systems, to assist readers when evaluating medical imaging systems.

The topics covered include:

  • A reliable, future-proof platform to build on
  • A high level of interoperability
  • The ability to integrate third-party solutions
  • Reliable support
  • Enterprise-grade communication tools

If you’re looking to replace your medical imaging systems in the near future, this ebook will help guide you in making the right selection. Let us know your thoughts on the ebook in the comments below.

-Paul

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April 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

Boosting Performance in a Nationally-Distributed Enterprise

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Intelerad’s web-based architecture has long been known for enabling high performance in complex environments – from hospitals to large multi-site radiology enterprises and teleradiology groups.

In 2013, NationalRad, a leading subspecialty diagnostic radiology practice located in south Florida, deployed IntelePACS® across their nationwide network of radiologists. In doing so, their team was equipped with an intuitive, industry-leading viewer in InteleViewer™, with rapid access to patient images and information.Chrome Legacy Window 2262015 14610 PM

Last week, we published a case study in which NationalRad’s COO Karen Jodat and Director of IT Ben Gustman discuss the difference that Intelerad has made to their enterprise, which interprets over 100,000 subspecialty exams each year for approximately 125 clients.

In addition to discussing the benefits of system stability, a vastly improved workflow, and Intelerad’s referring physician’s portal, Mr. Gustman describes the positive experience of working with Intelerad’s team.

“At Intelerad, the people, and how they handle things, has really made a difference for us,” said Gustman. “On top of that, the software’s very intuitive. We got trained on the software, but it really didn’t require a whole lot of training. It just made sense right from the beginning.”

To read more, visit the case studies section of our website.

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March 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

Celebrating Intelerad’s first 15 years

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by Randall Oka, President and CEO, Intelerad

This month marks Intelerad’s 15th anniversary as a company – a significant milestone which we’re all quite proud of.

For those unaware of our company’s history, Intelerad was founded by our CTO Chris Henri, CIO Robert Cox and Chief Engineer Rick Rubin. The three of them were the core team behind a couple of Canada’s earliest large-scale PACS deployments, which took place at the two largest university teaching institutions in Montreal and Toronto in the mid-to-late 90s. I joined the team shortly after they made the decision to move to the private sector.bonhomme

A lot has changed since our first days as a company. When Intelerad first opened in January 2000, it was made up of a small team of five, based in Montreal and intent on making a difference in the world of medical imaging. Today, we’re a multi-national enterprise with nearly 275 employees, based in North America, Oceania and the UK, with a proven track record of developing innovative solutions and providing industry-leading support.

In terms of our customer base, we’ve partnered with leading medical imaging providers around the world, across all market segments. This includes large public and private hospitals, innovative ambulatory providers and massive teleradiology organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Teleradiology Program.

Developing long-term relationships with our customer base has allowed us to work in a collaborative manner to ensure their needs are always met. In fact, customer influence has played a role in the the development of Intelerad solutions that users enjoy and depend on each day.

While it’s nice to reflect on our achievements of the past 15 years, there is still a lot of work to do and we are by no means getting comfortable. In an industry that is constantly changing, now more than ever we need to ensure that we are developing the best solutions possible, so our customers can continue to thrive and deliver the highest quality patient care. We look forward to the challenge, and to serving our customers in the years to come.

-Randall

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January 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

Using Multi-Method Reporting to Drive Productivity

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By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Last month, we launched the new version of Intelerad.com. On top of giving our website a fresh new look that is both responsive and easy to navigate, we re-categorized our solutions into five sections: Image and Workflow Management, Offsite Reading and Reporting, Enterprise Viewing, Performance and Quality Suite, and Multi-Method Reporting.

The last item on that list, Multi-Method Reporting, or MMR, refers to radiologists’ reporting environment and our solution of the same name, which blends dictation, speech recognition and structured reports together into a single, streamlined interface and workflow.monitor

Customers who have deployed MMR have had some great success using the solution. For example, Carolina Regional Radiology (CRR) were able to use the solution to drive their average wRVUs to nearly 80 at a time when the national benchmark was between 65 and 69. Even more impressive, the group’s breast imaging program was able to increase their daily average wRVUs by 55% (more info).

So what does the solution do?

On top of leveraging dictation and speech recognition, MMR provides templates that add a high level of structure for radiologists’ reporting process. Tailored to their needs, each report is completed the same way and contains the information required by the referring physician. By making reporting a repetitious, process-driven task, radiologists can continually increase their daily throughput.

A highly intuitive solution, MMR drives productivity further by allowing for sections of reports to be filled automatically using quick text, so standard reports are completed in little time and then digitally signed and sent directly to a transcriptionist.

Well-regarded for its ease-of-use, the solution allows the user to quickly choose their preferred method of speech recognition solution via dropdown. When using a speech recognition module in conjunction with MMR, the radiologist can choose between multiple signing workflows, including self-edit, deferred self-edit, or send to the typist.

To learn about other solutions that can improve your day-to-day operations, I recommend the free ebook Five Tools to Drive the Success of Your Radiology Practice.

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January 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Driving Imaging Enterprises’ Performance and Quality

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By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

With RSNA taking place in the first week of December, autumn is always a busy time of year at Intelerad. This year was no exception as the event was preceded by a number of new product announcements, the launch of our new website, and, of course, tying up all the loose ends prior to our arrival in Chicago.

From start to finish, the show was a success. On top of providing us the opportunity to meet with clients and prospects, and demonstrate our products’ capabilities, the show provides a unique opportunity to take in presentations from industry leaders and meet with people from across the industry to get their perspectives.shutterstock_86074972

Of course, one of the reoccurring themes at RSNA was the market transition to a value-based model and how it will affect radiologists, who will be expected to shift their focus from  reading volume to the overall patient experience they provide. As a solution provider, this means providing solutions that increase radiologists’ productivity levels, as well as the quality of their reads.

An example of this is the Performance and Quality Suite that we introduced in October. The suite groups together a number of new solutions, including:

  • Our integrated peer review module, which allows radiologists to easily fulfill their quotas by enabling them to conduct reviews directly in InteleViewer, as opposed to logging into a different program.
  • An Image Quality Review module that allows radiologists to provide feedback to technologists regarding the quality of images produced.
  • A Resident Over-Reads module that provides a specially-designed workflow for radiologists in training.
  • A Critical Results Management module that allows radiologists to track their most important cases.

The suite also includes Intelerad Analytics™, which provides real-time metrics sourced directly from your PACS, so that enterprises can accurately assess their operations and institute a culture of continual improvement.

While the transition to value-based imaging will come with a number of challenges, we look forward to continually assessing our clients’ needs and developing solutions that will help their enterprises overcome hurdles and achieve their goals.

 

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December 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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