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Add the Cloud to Your Enterprise Image Management Strategy

 

blog_ipad_hand.jpgAs SIIM 2016 approaches in just a few weeks, all eyes are on the Journal of Digital Imaging, the HIMSS-SIIM enterprise imaging work-shop. Recently, they have shared their definition of enterprise imaging and defined key factors for its success. The seven key elements for imaging success are all more easily facilitated by cloud image management. We’ve outlined how below!

Streamlined Image Exchange & Seamless Workflows

Imaging is often a critical component of diagnosis, and having access to these images can mean life or death in certain situations. A facility needs immediate access to imaging within and outside of its walls to implement the best patient care possible. Cloud solutions can support image transfers and uploads from a variety of inputs. Web upload and transfers are leveraged in cases of referrals, patient uploads, and electronic second opinion portals, and gateway software can be set-up to facilitate point-to-point connections to transfer from DICOM modalities and PACS, as well as RIS via HL7.  Image routing rules can be configured to create highly customized workflows, including sending studies directly from a PACS into the surgical suite.

Scalable Archiving

Studies have become the #1 contributor to the explosion of healthcare data.There is an inherent risk to storing a growing volume of patient studies on-site, particularly as the FDA further implements imaging storage standards. A cloud solution provides highly scalable archiving capabilities. The consolidation of imaging throughout the enterprise network improves interoperability across a facility by providing a single point of data access.

Enterprise Wide Viewing

A zero-footprint, HTML 5 viewer can be accessed through the web or any PACS. This allows physicians to have all medical images enterprise-wide at their fingertips, even while at home or running from facility-to-facility. A cloud-based viewer should offer customization and hanging protocols to allow specialty physicians and surgeons to have an optimal viewing experience.

EHR Image Enablement

A universal viewer can be used to image enable the EHR, providing access to imaging directly within the patient jacket. Consolidating imaging within the EMR eliminates the need to login to separate systems and toggle between browsers. Tip – Attending SIIM 2016? Our CEO, Morris Panner, will be a panelist on the session, Communication and Collaboration using Enterprise Viewers in the EMR Wednesday, June 29 | 9:45 am – 10:45 am Portland Ballroom 25.

Cost-Effective Solutions

The purchase of a traditional PACS system includes hardware and software licensing, extensive IT staff to maintain and update the system, electricity costs for power and cooling, purchasing and updating user licenses, and wasted hours of solving IT dilemmas onsite. Given that the majority of cloud vendors include services within their monthly fee, future costs are far easier to determine.

Want to learn more? Join us on Wednesday, June 22 at 1 pm ET/ 10 am PT as DICOM Grid hosts Solomon Banjo, Sr. Analyst, Health IT Research, from the Advisory Board as he discusses key forces shaping imaging economics and how to position imaging for success with Executive Leadership and Purchasers. Click register now to complete your registration today.

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Catherine Slotnick, Marketing Manager

About Catherine Slotnick

Catherine Slotnick is a passionate healthcare marketer with a deep interest in the latest & greatest in the Health IT space. As Ambra Health's marketing manager, Catherine primarily focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership content in the radiology and informatics space. Catherine graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology & Art History. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and petting dogs that aren't hers.

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