By Helene Gey, Vice-President of Marketing, Intelerad
Since HIMSS took place a few weeks back in New Orleans, there has been a great deal of discussion about interoperability and the role it plays in HIT. In terms of radiology systems, interoperability is still in its nascent form, however, it is already proving to be of unquestionable value.
Interoperability, as defined by ISO/IEC 2382-01, makes one capable to communicate, execute programs, or transfer data among various functional units in a manner that requires the user to have little or no knowledge of the unique characteristics of those units. An example of this would be a radiologist at an imaging center using a single interface to read studies that are stored across a host of PACS, built by different vendors and located within a number of different facilities.
In other words, unified access to information stored in disparate PACS, RIS and EMR systems.
In an increasingly demanding market, this provides a distinct competitive advantage: for imaging enterprises, it facilitates the recruitment of new customers, as such solutions are generally able to index and access studies in other systems, alleviating the complications associated with accessing disparate systems and makes them easy to read for. In certain cases, we’ve seen this result in substantial growth at a time when imaging centers were seeing an overall decline in business.
Interoperability also provides tremendous value to individual radiologists as it positively influences the way they work. Primarily, radiologists are able to greatly decrease the time needed access the studies (or other information) they need, which allows them to increase the speed at which they turnaround studies.
To further increase radiologists’ productivity, interoperable solutions also provide a consistent reading station and workflow, so they are always working with an interface that they are both familiar and comfortable with. Furthermore, having the ability to access customer’s systems provides them with a more complete view of patients’ priors, and other relevant medical data, thus improving the quality of care they provide.
With a plethora of systems flooding the market, and mergers and acquisitions happening at an increased frequency, solutions that provide interoperability between image management systems are becoming more of a necessity. In fact, some would suggest that given the nature of the industry, that it’s quickly becoming a standard.
Intelerad is regarded as a pioneer in interoperability for radiology solutions due to their InteleOne solution, which streamlines medical imaging workflows from disparate PACS, HIS, RIS into a unified reading solution, with one common viewer and worklist, providing seamless access to all studies, including priors, regardless of location. You can learn more about this solution by clicking on the link below. You can obtain a copy of the KLAS Innovation Review on InteleOne by clicking here.
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