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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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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.

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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

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