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It’s Time to Expand Your Breast Imaging Offerings

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Expand Your Breast Imaging Offerings

Is your healthcare organization placing enough emphasis on women’s health?

In an article from Harvard Business Review1, research showed that 59% of women make healthcare decisions for others. For working mothers with kids under 18, that number shoots up to 94%. In other words, if you can attract a female patient and provide her with a positive experience, not only will she return in the future, her entire family may become patients.

In the medical imaging world, one way to attract female patients is by expanding your breast imaging offerings. If your organization is capable of interpreting 2D and/or 3D breast images, there’s more reason for women to seek your services.

Interpreting breast images used to require significant investment in specialty workstations, however that is no longer the case. Today, with an integrated breast imaging module, radiologists can interpret 2D and 3D breast images in their primary diagnostic viewer. In addition to cost savings, these modules provide significant workflow gains by allowing radiologists to conduct all reads within the same viewer, as opposed to switching between workstations to pull patient information or cover other modalities.

In addition, if you’re using a system which offer robust remote reading capabilities, you can easily engage with breast imaging specialists located outside your location. Better yet, if you’ve deployed a system like InteleOne® XE, which enables cross-enterprise workflows, you can have a breast imaging specialist read for multiple clients using a single viewer. As one client recently told us:

“With our cross-enterprise workflow and this module, we can provide tomosynthesis interpretations for our entire client base. For smaller clients, this means they can have their mammography studies interpreted by a dedicated breast specialist, even if they don’t have the specialist located at that site.”

At the end of the day, an integrated breast imaging module will enable organizations to provide higher quality reports in less time — which is precisely what patients want. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of an integrated breast imaging module, have a look at recent ebook 5 Reasons to Avoid Breast Imaging Workstations.

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1. Luce, C.B., & Kennedy, J.T. (2015). The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously. Harvard Business Review

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September 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

HIMSS 2017: Interoperability Can Turn Medical Imaging Infrastructure Challenges into Advantages

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In speaking with healthcare organizations of all sizes, we’re finding that there is a common set of challenges that is being felt across the industry – and they’re not just related to aging legacy systems.

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February 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

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

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

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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Intelerad’s free ebook explains the benefits of sourcing analytics from your medical imaging systems.

As the solution gathers and processes the information, it creates dashboards and reports for key members of the enterprise (business managers, chief radiologists and operational support staff) using data to analyze productivity, quality, departmental workflow, system level data, and referrer activity.

By offering access to the data in real-time, key members of staff become equipped with actionable information that is tailored to their needs, while its availability allows for bottlenecks to be identified and resolved quickly.

At the same time, an analytics module can automatically produce reports at set intervals, which allows for the enterprise to assess its operations over a given period.

Regardless of the frequency at which the data is accessed, once in hand, key members of the enterprise are provided clear, statistical analysis in areas where it may not have existed prior. This allows for a better understanding of the enterprise as a whole, while pinpointing areas where adjustments or improvements can be made.

For more information on how to automatically cull data and use it to your advantage, download the free ebook Leveraging Analytics to Continually Improve Medical Imaging Operations.

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May 7, 2015 at 9:20 am

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

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by Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

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?

When the decision is made to deploy a new system, there are a number of factors that come with selecting the right system for your organizations. To help with this, last month, we published the free ebook Five Key Aspects of Next-Generation, Hospital Medical Imaging Systems, to assist readers when evaluating medical imaging systems.

The topics covered include:

  • A reliable, future-proof platform to build on
  • A high level of interoperability
  • The ability to integrate third-party solutions
  • Reliable support
  • Enterprise-grade communication tools

If you’re looking to replace your medical imaging systems in the near future, this ebook will help guide you in making the right selection. Let us know your thoughts on the ebook in the comments below.

-Paul

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April 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

Celebrating Intelerad’s first 15 years

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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

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January 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

Driving Imaging Enterprises’ Performance and Quality

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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.

 

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December 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm