How to revitalize your PACS and increase collaboration
By Helene Gey, Vice-President of Marketing, Intelerad
As I mentioned on this blog a couple of weeks ago, radiologists’ workloads are getting heavier with each passing year. On top of the need for them to conduct more readings, there is also increased pressure to raise the bar in terms of the quality of care they deliver. So basically the demand is for radiologists to not only do more work, but ensure it’s of a higher caliber as well. It’s a tall order; however it’s an objective that is definitely achievable.
We’re all aware of how radiology solutions can drive efficiency, but what about enhancing the quality of work? Under the ‘patient first’ theme at RSNA, it was widely discussed that collaboration plays a significant role in the delivery of superior care. As solutions continue to evolve, additional features and functionality to facilitate collaboration are becoming more readily available.
But what if you’re is not considering a PACS upgrade in the near future? Right now, hospital budgets are tight and if you’re only halfway through a five- or six-year contract, odds are you’ll have to live with your systems’ limitations instead of replacing your entire PACS infrastructure. However, doing so means operating at a competitive disadvantage, which could be quite detrimental to your organization.
What exactly are the limitations of using older PACS? For individual radiologists, it limits the way they can share images and reports; obtain a second opinion and interact with referring physicians. For an entire department, balancing workloads amongst staff becomes more difficult – in other words, limiting the collaborative capabilities of the department as a whole, which limits overall productivity.
Thankfully, there’s a way to leverage the collaborative features and benefits of the most up-to-date radiology solutions without having to replace your entire PACS.
For some time now, we’ve been working on ways to integrate new solutions into existing PACS as a way to revitalize older systems that aren’t set for replacement. In essence, this is achieved by layering new technologies on top of existing architecture to provide you with the most up-to-date features and functionality that you require to succeed.
For a hospital looking to facilitate their radiologists’ collaborative capabilities , our add-on solutions provide universal worklists, remote reading capabilities, a universal viewer and a referring physician portal. On top of that, our solutions are renowned for their performance in distributed environments, which is ideal when seeking a second opinion from a radiologist who is located in a different city or state.
For an organization, being able to add the features and functionality of a modernized PACS allows for the life of your existing systems to be extended. So not only means that you can delay the purchase of a new PACS until you’re ready, but in doing so, you also maximize the investment made in your original infrastructure.
If you have any questions about how we can help you create a collaborative environment without replacing your existing systems, feel free to use the comment box below. If you’re looking for in-depth information, contact us here.
– Helene Gey