Developing an integrated, enterprise-wide medical imaging strategy is becoming a necessity these days with images generated from various specialty departments, such as radiology, cardiology, obstetrics, pathology, dermatology, as well as many others. It is vital for healthcare organizations to implement a clinical information strategy to capture, view, share and archive images and other unstructured data. In addition, clinicians need ready access to this information from multiple types of devices, including mobile technologies. Implementing an advanced digital imaging solution will significantly improve operational and workflow efficiencies, and more importantly, improve quality and continuity of patient care. Overall Event Learning Objectives: 1 ) Discuss common sources and challenges inherent with traditional unstructured data 2 ) Identify best practices and solutions for incorporating images and other unstructured data into the point-of-care process 3 ) Recognize the benefits and value of a fully integrated clinical content management solution in order to demonstrate return on investment
ON DEMAND: Advanced Digital Imaging Strategies
Healthcare organizations today face many challenges with disparate clinical information from various sources outside of the EHR. This presents inefficient workflow issues which can be costly and adversely impact the quality of patient care. In many circumstances, clinicians often need to access other systems outside of the EHR in order to view images or documents during the patient’s visit wasting valuable time that should be focused on patient care. Accessibility can be limited based on the type of device they are utilizing as well. Unfortunately, this is a reality for how the majority of organizations operate today.
- Describe the current landscape most organizations operate with respect to multiple clinical content sources and systems
- Review workflow inefficiencies caused by clinical information silos
- Explain the clinical impact this type of environment can have on delivering quality, coordinated care
Scott Hessen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Penn Cardiology CCP
Dr. Scott E. Hessen graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1982. He completed his internship, residency, chief medical residency, cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After working 9 years in a full time academic practice at Hahnemann University, he joined Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia (CCP), the largest cardiology practice in the region (now nation), beginning their electrophysiology division in 1998. He has published numerous abstracts and articles relating to cardiology and electrophysiology, and has been heavily involved in clinical research. An avid computer programmer, he has written several commercial applications, including an FDA approved clinical electrophysiology stimulator control program. He has been actively involved in the implementation, integration and ongoing customization of an electronic health record (EHR) throughout CCP. His current interest relates to the integration of implantable device data with EHRs, and generation of natural language output for referring physicians. He serves as Chief Medical Information Officer for CCP and continues in the active practice of clinical electrophysiology.
Implementing a clinical content management strategy within the EHR will provide clinicians with easier access to relevant health information in order to deliver improved quality of care. While most healthcare organizations have fully adoption EHR technology, many are still utilizing disparate systems outside the EHR for access to clinical, unstructured data and DICOM images. This session will focus on successful implementation strategies for providing clinicians and other key healthcare staff with secure, easy access to comprehensive patient information in order to streamline the clinical decision-making process.
- Discuss best practice implementation strategies and approaches for integrating a vendor-neutral, clinical content solution within the existing EHR workflow
- Describe some of the challenges and lessons learned during an enterprise-wide rollout
James E. Gaston, FHIMSS MBA
Senior Director, Model Development
Healthcare organizations and their stakeholders are beginning to realize value and demonstrate return on investment of health information technology. However, there are still costly inefficiencies occurring, which impact productivity and patient care. Having a fully operational EHR system isn’t enough, as there is still a lot of unstructured information generated and accessed outside of the EHR. Significant value and outcomes can be achieved beyond the EHR by further integrating these disparate systems into the clinical workflow, providing a transparent solution for the provider and transforming healthcare delivery. This session will identify true cost savings and non-traditional return-on-investment outcomes realized from a vendor-neutral, fully integrated clinical content management system.
- Demonstrate financial costs and lost revenue from running disparate systems with unstructured data
- Recognize the negative impact these processes are having on delivering quality care and improving clinical outcomes
- Discover how to assess and measure quantifiable value of innovative technology solutions
David Butler, MD
Vice President, Epic EHR Optimization
Medical Imaging solutions are developed for well-known departments like radiology and cardiology, but also for a wide array of other departments such as surgery, endoscopy, obstetrics, ophthalmology, pediatrics, pathology, dermatology and many others. It’s important and necessary for all healthcare organizations to establish a clinical information strategy to capture, view, share and archive images and information.
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