3 steps to taking control of your medical imaging data

How many times have we heard that hospitals are in transition from procedure-centric healthcare to patient-centered health delivery? Daily, do you say?

The shift to value and the focus on outcomes demands greater reliance on patient-centered information across care settings and time versus procedure-based information across events. For organizations to adapt, they need visibility to the breadth of clinical content associated with their patients as individuals and as populations.

Strategic reasons to get control of your organization’s imaging systems and content include:

  • Some of the richest content resides in a hospital’s imaging and specialty departments, whether radiology, cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology or surgical imaging. The list is long and the content is often held in proprietary system silos, making it difficult for applications to exchange data.
  • Enterprise image and content management is a priority for many healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) as they work to make patient information more interoperable, liquid and available to physicians and enterprise systems, like the EHR.
  • HDOs are unlocking silos of rich clinical information, both discrete and unstructured, and using a single enterprise information platform to enable easier, more efficient consumption for a multitude of purposes.

With enterprise imaging, the medical imaging informatics community is maturing and evolving its definition of the set of capabilities to capture, index, manage, store and provide access to exchange, as well as provide business analytics for, all clinical imaging content across the healthcare enterprise.

You can get greater control over your medical imaging information. But how do we unlock this clinically rich content and gain control of it?

An enterprise imaging strategy, or de-coupling PACS, unlocks your organization from proprietary imaging solutions or PACS. This is not only technically feasible but also cost-effective today, whereas it the industry viewed it as emerging just five years ago. In fact, it is far costlier to fail to gain increasingly independent control of your imaging data.

3 steps to taking control

Here’s your guide to take control:

Step 1: Take an inventory of your imaging and specialty department imaging content and solutions. Identify your timelines for refreshing imaging information technology (i.e., PACS) currently in place.

Step 2: Identify important imaging management, view and workflow tools your clinicians utilize today.

Step 3: Assess your options in the market to get independence and control at each layer of enterprise imaging:

  • Image visualization (enterprise image viewer)
  • Image workflow and worklist capabilities
  • Image storage and management (vendor neutral archive or VNA)

Putting your plan into action

As you map out your plan, there are several questions you should ask both your organization and your vendors:

  • What are the benefits to implement some or all of enterprise imaging (de-coupled PACS) during an imaging solution or PACS replacement?
  • What is your organization’s expectation for technology providers as you work to bring “disconnected” patient content together for better results and cost savings?
  • What are the key considerations and roadblocks to achieving an IT architecture to support control of your organization’s image data?
  • What analytics, reports and visualization technologies do you need most at this time to speed insight and operational effectiveness?

When choosing a vendor, look for an organization that not only has the tools to help you take control of your data, but also has industry experts who can help you build your plan – for now and the future. Your roadmap for success.

Hyland Healthcare’s large and diverse customer base includes prominent health systems, integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers and imaging center networks around the country. These organizations use a broad range of our software applications and workstations, from VNA, enterprise content management (ECM), image viewing and connectivity to healthcare back-office and managed print services. This large footprint of healthcare technology and expertise uniquely positions us with the established, interoperable resources and economies of scale needed for national healthcare connectivity.

The technology is ready and your plan is waiting. Are you ready to take control of your medical imaging data?

Sandra Lillie

Sandra Lillie

Sandra Lillie is the Director, Global Healthcare Industry and Product Marketing at Hyland Healthcare. She leads a team providing advanced market strategy and messaging expertise to Hyland Healthcare on market alignment, collaboration and client experience in support of Hyland’s extensive healthcare portfolio, including OnBase, Acuo VNA, NilRead Enterprise Viewer, and the PACSGear Enterprise Image Connectivity Suite. Sandra brings more than 20 years’ experience in hiring and developing high performance teams productive in business development and consultative selling of information technology solutions for the healthcare community. She has extensive leadership experience prior to joining Hyland through roles of increasing responsibility at Lexmark Healthcare, Informatics Corporation of America, Teramedica, Dell Healthcare, EMC delivering solutions supporting health information exchange, vendor neutral archive, enterprise content management, and technology infrastructure in support of healthcare information systems.

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