Imaging Interoperability: Perspectives from Health IT Analysts & Thought Leaders

Over the past 18 months, we’ve been happy to share a number of success stories from clients using InteleOne® XE to implement cross-enterprise workflows. Leveraging the solution’s interoperability, these clients have been able to drastically reduce turnaround times, better utilize subspecialists, read greater volumes of studies in less time, and more.

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Ensuring Performance in a Complex, Ever-Changing Environment

Alliance Medical is one of Europe’s leading independent providers of imaging services, with operations located across the UK, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. In the UK alone, the organization provides services to 400,000 patients each year.

Through technical excellence and exceptional service, Alliance Medical has grown consistently over the past 25 years. In January 2015, the organization started a ten-year contract as leaders of a collaborative network delivering PET/CT scanning services to NHS patients at 30 locations across the country. Six months later, they were named ‘Diagnostics Provider of the Year’ at London’s HealthInvestor Awards.

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Road to HIMSS 16: Interoperability, Automation & Data Access

By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Perhaps unsurprisingly, as we lead up to HIMSS 2016, we’re continuing to hear about the need for greater systems interoperability in healthcare. As such, we’re looking forward to attending the conference and demonstrating how InteleOne® XE can help overcome interoperability challenges by connecting to disparate repositories across the imaging ecosystem to create a cross-enterprise workflow for radiologists.  

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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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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

Achieving Interoperability Between Radiology Systems

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.

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Intelerad is regarded as a pioneer in interoperable radiology solutions, due to the release of InteleOne.

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.

If you have any questions or comments about interoperability, please don’t hesitate to use the text box below.

-Helene Gey

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