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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Using Multi-Method Reporting to Drive Productivity

By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Last month, we launched the new version of Intelerad.com. On top of giving our website a fresh new look that is both responsive and easy to navigate, we re-categorized our solutions into five sections: Image and Workflow Management, Offsite Reading and Reporting, Enterprise Viewing, Performance and Quality Suite, and Multi-Method Reporting.

The last item on that list, Multi-Method Reporting, or MMR, refers to radiologists’ reporting environment and our solution of the same name, which blends dictation, speech recognition and structured reports together into a single, streamlined interface and workflow.monitor

Customers who have deployed MMR have had some great success using the solution. For example, Carolina Regional Radiology (CRR) were able to use the solution to drive their average wRVUs to nearly 80 at a time when the national benchmark was between 65 and 69. Even more impressive, the group’s breast imaging program was able to increase their daily average wRVUs by 55% (more info).

So what does the solution do?

On top of leveraging dictation and speech recognition, MMR provides templates that add a high level of structure for radiologists’ reporting process. Tailored to their needs, each report is completed the same way and contains the information required by the referring physician. By making reporting a repetitious, process-driven task, radiologists can continually increase their daily throughput.

A highly intuitive solution, MMR drives productivity further by allowing for sections of reports to be filled automatically using quick text, so standard reports are completed in little time and then digitally signed and sent directly to a transcriptionist.

Well-regarded for its ease-of-use, the solution allows the user to quickly choose their preferred method of speech recognition solution via dropdown. When using a speech recognition module in conjunction with MMR, the radiologist can choose between multiple signing workflows, including self-edit, deferred self-edit, or send to the typist.

To learn about other solutions that can improve your day-to-day operations, I recommend the free ebook Five Tools to Drive the Success of Your Radiology Practice.

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

Intelerad supporting VM Medical’s 20th Anniversary Breast Cancer Conference

By Paul Atkinson, Marketing Community Manager, Intelerad

Intelerad is proud to support VM Medical’s 20th Anniversary Breast Cancer Conference, which will be taking place on October 23-24 at the Ritz Carlton in Montreal. The theme of this year’s event is progress in prevention, detection, management and survivorship and features an impressive list of speakers.

Those attending VM Medical’s half-day symposium will have the chance to hear from surgeons, gynecologists, oncologists, family physicians, pathologists, radiologists, residents, nurses, technologists and allied healthcare givers. Patients will also have a unique opportunity to review the relative merits of the latest modalities and strategies that are contributing to the progress in breast cancer prevention, detection, management and survivorship.shutterstock_60573367

As stated on VM Medical’s website, the number of breast cancer cases has increased by more than 50% over the past three decades. Thankfully, during this same time period, the disease’s mortality rate has dropped to its lowest level. This is in part due to the focus of multidisciplinary teams of breast experts integrating new strategies regarding risk assessment, fitness, screening, imaging and tissue harvesting, to promote prevention and earlier detection.

At the same time, the introduction of genomic testing, improved treatment protocols, new hormonal and targeted agents, local and intra-operative radiotherapy and immediate reconstruction following mastectomy have favorably impacted on both quality of life and survivorship.

More information regarding VM Medical’s 20th Anniversary Breast Cancer Conference can be found here.

For more information regarding Intelerad’s Breast Imaging module, which features full support for tomosynthesis direct from the radiologist’s primary workstation, can be found here.

Introducing Intelerad’s New Assignment Engine Module

by Helene Gey, Vice-President of Marketing, Intelerad

Today at Intelerad, we’re excited to introduce our new Assignment Engine module. Designed by our Clinical Decision Support group, the Assignment Engine brings automation to two complex tasks – case assignment and worklist prioritization.

To optimize efficiency and radiologist utilization, Intelerad’s Assignment Engine automatically adds pending cases to radiologists’ worklists using a number of real-time variables that are set by the enterprise, including reader availability, subspecialty, workload, location, the relative amount of time and effort required to read the exam, and more. In doing so, the module raises patient care levels by distributing exams to the most qualified radiologist.Are-You-In_web

For radiologists, the module provides automated worklist prioritization to eliminate the time they need between cases to evaluate their caseload and determine which case should be read next.

Ideal for large hospitals, multi-facility imaging providers and teleradiology enterprises, the Assignment Engine’s automated functionality creates balanced caseloads across the enterprise, which drives productivity, provides insight into staffing needs and helps imaging enterprises meet service-level agreements and internal benchmarks for key metrics.

For more information, you can access the press release on our website, or visit our RSNA microsite, where you can also book demos for those attending the conference.

-Helene