Workflow Management White Paper:

Regional Health Systems are experiencing an unprecedented consolidation as they try to establish an Enterprise Imaging (El) strategy to take advantage of their newfound scale in their local markets.

Development of an El strategy has proven to be very challenging due to segregated informatics systems, isolated imaging silos, and the reality of incorporating the next acquisition hospital or imaging center around the corner. One of many goals for El strategy is to establish a unified patient medical record that is supported by the complete history of patients’ medical imaging or any other information objects. Physicians and other provider stakeholders should never be in a position where they question the integrity or the completeness of their patient’s record. The financial headaches of capital budget planning and the growing list of initiatives related to measuring quality, value, and performance are among the classic challenges that every provider is faced with while developing an El strategy.

When assessing current El technology within an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), it is very common to see several instances of PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), RIS (Radiology Information System), Advanced Visualization (AV), and dictation systems that may be integrated with main Electronic Health Record (EHR) and other Electronic Medical Records (EMR) at ambulatory locations. In addition to the technology challenge, an IDN may be contracted with several Radiology groups in a region, each demanding various image access flexibility. CIOs are puzzled with system consolidation efforts due to the number of their vendor solutions requiring costly updates or replacement to meet the El strategic requirements.

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