Cloud-Based Tools Can Improve Radiology Department Efficiency
Imaging technology is constantly evolving, and with changes in the informatics related to imaging, radiologists could spend more time interpreting because they’ll have fewer interruptions to deal with. Informatics, when implemented the right way, can help healthcare professionals connect, particularly those in disparate offices. With faster and easier connections, radiology workflow gets a significant boost.
Taking a new approach to your picture archiving and communication system (PACS) can ease radiology workflow issues. A deconstructed PACS could be one that has been broken down into different applications that are assigned to do specific tasks. Doing this can improve interoperability, providing more efficiencies.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become abundant in recent years, adding value to many aspects of the radiology workflow. It is a technology that came on so strong that some worried it would replace human radiologists, but those fears have proven unfounded. AI is being used to identify intracranial hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, rib fractures and spinal fractures, among others. AI is also being attributed to drastic reductions in the amount of time it takes radiologists to read CT scans.
Partnering with a third-party provider of cloud-based tools can also be a significant step in the right direction for improved workflow. The right vendor will have PACS solutions that are based on the latest DICOM standards, which makes it easy for you to access patient exams and data at any time in multiple locations.
Make certain your vendor is offering you hardware, software, maintenance and updates with zero administrative duties on your end. Vendor neutral archiving can also be part of the mix, granting you unfettered access to image files and data files that make it easier for you to perform regular tasks.
At OffSite Image Management, we offer CloudPACS, which is hosted in our Commercial Datacenter. If you don’t have the space or budget for all of the overhead of hardware costs, you’ll gain valuable storage space with this solution. We also offer software support 24/7/365. Software purchases include a one-year warranty, but you’ll also receive unlimited upgrades.
We know that critical care and rural hospitals struggle with budgets and personnel, which is why our cloud-based approach works. Workflows are improved and we’re able to offer leading tools at a price even the “little guys” can afford. Contact us and let’s discuss your needs.