Medical Image Sharing through the HIE Brings Unprecedented Cost and Productivity Improvements to Central New York
Published: Mar 01, 2018
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- HealtheConnections, the regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) serving 11 counties of central and northern New York, and eHealth Technologies, the leading provider of image-enabled HIE solutions, have teamed up to develop resources for healthcare providers to share medical images more efficiently throughout the region since 2011. This partnership is empowering providers to view diagnostic-quality medical images when and where they are needed with a single click, anywhere, anytime.
They've recently worked to expand these capabilities with Transfer-to-PACS, one of the growing suite of services included in the eHealth Connect® Image Exchange platform from eHealth Technologies. This solution is unlike any other image platform currently available. Tightly integrated with HIE platforms, it automates one of the most cumbersome and costly burdens borne by patients and imaging service providers alike. Accessing and importing prior imaging studies from external providers is vital in the diagnosis and treatment of critical conditions like cancer, stroke and heart disease. To learn more visit: https://ehealthtechnologies.com/products-services/image-exchange.
With Transfer-to-PACS, nearly 500 users in more than 20 HealtheConnections' participating organizations now have just one place to go to locate, view and/or transfer critically-important external medical images from other providers. One click from the patient's record replaces what might otherwise take several days or more, burden patients with chasing down imaging CDs from multiple locations, and waste vital clinical staff time exporting, importing and reconciling records from diverse locations -time that could be available for direct patient care. HealtheConnections participants are transferring more than 8,800 image studies per month, an increase of 600% since offering the service.
"HealtheConnections provides a unique image sharing capability, one that is only possible if it is part of a HIE or Clinical Information Network," stated Gary Larson, Executive Vice President & General Manager of HIE Solutions for eHealth Technologies. "Only by leveraging the sophisticated community-wide master patient identifier system and patient consent protections such as those provided by HealtheConnections can these capabilities be provided with just one click."
"The HealtheConnections' Transfer-to-PACS option is our first source for outside images," shares Jim Colone, Director of Ancillary Services at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS). "Our providers don't want to view images from multiple outside sources on their viewers. HealtheConnections allows us to pull those images into our PACS that the doctors are familiar with. This makes the viewing and manipulation of images more efficient. Transfer-to-PACS allows us to see prior exams and to transfer only those pertinent to the patient's musculoskeletal issue as opposed to having to import an entire CD that may have non-orthopedic studies on it."
eHealth Technologies will be sharing more information about their eHealth Connect Image Exchange product portfolio for HIEs at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, NV, Meeting Place Room 46, Hall G. To schedule a time to learn more, click here: https://ehealthtechnologies.com/himss18
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