Teaching Hospital Embraces Cutting-Edge Technology
Converting an academic medical center to Web-based digital imaging
A large academic medical center in California wanted to implement a Web-based image distribution system to improve access to radiological information for its patients across the entire medical center.
The client decided to move quickly to replace its film-based radiology system and existing Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) because of the opportunity to realize quality, efficiency and cost benefits.
There were a number of challenges with the film-based system and existing PACS:
By moving to an enterprise-wide Web-based solution, the client could:
The implementation of the enterprise-wide Web-based imaging distribution project achieved its goals of providing radiological information, including images and radiology reports, anytime and anywhere for the client’s health care providers. Now, providers could readily access a patient’s radiological information from any one of the many workstations throughout the hospital, including those in the operating room and the emergency department and in i40 specialty and primary clinics.
Additional benefits that were achieved by the implementation of the system:
The use of high speed access to the Internet, faster desktops and improved search engines are now available at rates that most individuals can afford. Additionally, with the increasing use of the Internet to conduct transactions that contain personal information, such as bank accounts and credit card numbers, and the rising incidence of identity theft, individuals are more aware of the need to safeguard their privacy. Individuals are beginning to demand that their health care organizations meet these challenges.
By using a Web-based imaging distribution system, the client is now able to meet the challenges of providing patient information anytime and anywhere, managing the rising costs of providing health care and ensuring the privacy and security of patient information.
In addition, the client was nominated by its project team for the annual Computerworld Honors program. This program is designed to identify, honor and document innovations in information technology by individuals and organizations. This client’s case study was one of 50 case studies selected from several hundred submitted in the medicine category to receive Laureate recognition. The case study was inducted into the program’s archives, where it can be accessed by researchers and educators worldwide.