Expanding the Capabilities of Your RIS
by Todd Davis, Chief Clinical Systems Officer, Intelerad
As the Intelerad Chief Clinical Systems Officer responsible for the InteleRIS Solution’s R&D, I wanted to share some thoughts and insights following our recent version 8.224 announcement.
Across InteleRIS releases, our goal is always to provide a solution that truly increases the productivity of all your staff. As we conducted our research into what we could add for this version, we spoke to numerous customers, whose thoughts and insight lead us to focus on adding four key items: enhanced scheduling features, a complete-and-hold function for technologists, patient-signed outside prior requests, and the ability to import PDF reports from outside systems using HL7 protocols.
While these four new features add great value, the item that we are most excited about in this release is undoubtedly the mammo reporting module. The concept for this module came about as we looked at ways of enhancing the productivity of staff in clinics that perform breast imaging procedures.
Whereas a lot of health organizations rely on third-party systems to gain the features and functionality found in this module, we felt that direct integration into the RIS was the best option as it would eliminate the challenges that come with using an external product, including the need to build a data interface, higher training and support costs, and lower data quality. The mammo module includes BI-RADS and patient history worksheets, fully customizable letter templates, and extensive query capabilities to ensure that no patient falls through the cracks. It also will allow you to run the reports you need to maintain your MQSA certification.
As happy as we are with this latest release, we are pretty excited for a feature that will be available in future versions of InteleRIS early in the new year. We are planning on adding a Scheduling Portal for Patients and Referring Physicians to InteleRIS. This feature will expand the capabilities of radiology information systems by providing self-service scheduling, saving hours upon hours for staff that are responsible for booking appointments and allowing patients to schedule exams at their convenience.
The Scheduling Portal will be showcased at RSNA. If you would like to learn more, please book a demo with us. This can be done via our RSNA microsite. We will be updating this site regularly in the coming weeks, so be sure to stop by often for Intelerad-related news and information leading up to and throughout the course of RSNA.