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

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

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?

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Boosting Performance in a Nationally-Distributed Enterprise

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.

Celebrating Intelerad’s first 15 years

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

Driving Imaging Enterprises’ Performance and Quality

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.

 

Progressive Radiology using Intelerad solutions to expand into Illinois

 by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Congratulations to Progressive Radiology on the recent acquisition of five imaging centers in the Chicago area. An Intelerad customer since 2009, the newly-acquired centers will focus on providing MRI services, increasing the total number of MRI procedures they perform by 17%.bonhomme

The largest radiologist-owned and operated medical imaging practice in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, Progressive is built upon a principle of providing accurate, precise results on which patients and referring physicians can depend. With this new acquisition, Progressive’s operation now includes 15 centers and 19 board-certified radiologists.

Like their Maryland and D.C.-based imaging centers, Progressive’s Illinois-based centers we will be using IntelePACS® as their technological backbone. Designed to facilitate enterprise-wide viewing, the solution enables Progressive to maintain a central archive in Maryland, where images are routed and stored, while their Chicago-based radiologists are using InteleViewer™ for reading and reporting on studies.

According to Dominic Mezzanotte, Progressive’s Director of Information Systems, deploying Intelerad’s solutions to the new centers went smoothly, and the new radiologists are quite happy with the transition to InteleViewer.

“Transitioning these five new imaging centers to IntelePACS has been almost seamless,” said Mr. Mezzanotte. “Thanks to the solution’s ease of use, we haven’t missed a beat. Our radiologists up to speed only required a couple of hours’ training, and since that time have really embraced the solution. In fact, they love it.”

A case study on Progressive Radiology, and their use of Intelerad solutions, can be found here.

If you’re interested in learning more about our enterprise viewing offerings, or would like to book a demo with us at RSNA 2014, please visit rsna.intelerad.com.

 

– Paul