Clean Sweep Live Auction on Wed. May 1st. Click to view the full inventory

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Pediatrics
Current Location:
> This Story

starstarstarstarstar (1)
Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment




Health IT Homepage

HHS releases second draft of TEFCA for nationwide interoperability Requirements for sharing electronic health information

Want to reduce readmissions? Let’s start with keeping patients healthier Insights from Robin Hill, chief clinical officer at Vivify Health

Decision support software could reduce scans by 6 percent: MIT researchers Prevent overuse of powerful and costly imaging exams

CMS to add more telehealth benefits to Medicare Advantage plans Aiming for greater flexibility, lower costs

Fredrik Palm ContextVision appoints new CEO

Trice Imaging connects imaging devices of large chain healthcare provider Aleris Patients and physicians can view images on laptops, cell phones

Three recommendations to better understand HIPAA compliance Approximately 70 percent of organizations are not HIPAA compliant

Researchers orchestrate malware attack to expose imaging vulnerabilities Deceived radiologists and AI algorithms into misdiagnoses

How hyper-targeting patient communications can improve medication adherence Providing specific messages can make a world of difference

Sound Imaging launches MR patient motion and detection system, SAMM MD Reduces repeat scans, prevents interruption to workflow

Multi-department PACS: a redundancy-killing component of value-based care

by John W. Mitchell , Senior Correspondent
Having a robust picture archival and communications system (PACS) no longer falls into the realm of a "nice-to-have" but may now be essential for hospitals trying to satisfy new value-based reimbursement metrics.

The case for enterprise PACS systems that communicate across departments and facility locations was laid out yesterday in an SIIM webinar by Gary Wendt, M.D., MBA enterprise director of medical imaging at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His presentation offered a sense of urgency for hospitals that have not yet implemented a singular PACS strategy.

Story Continues Below Advertisement


Special-Pricing Available on Medical Displays, Patient Monitors, Recorders, Printers, Media, Ultrasound Machines, and Cameras.This includes Top Brands such as SONY, BARCO, NDS, NEC, LG, EDAN, EIZO, ELO, FSN, PANASONIC, MITSUBISHI, OLYMPUS, & WIDE.

"These are not just financial issues," said Wendt referring to both PACS implementation costs and reimbursements.

Under value-based purchasing, Wendt said imaging is no longer the revenue center it used to be, and bundled payments do not pay for retests needed because physicians don’t have access to current images.

In order to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure to the patient and make faster lifesaving treatment decisions, the ability to quickly and efficiently share medical images has become a necessity. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it's always happening.

"In any large city, it's not uncommon for patients to visit four organizations in a day," he said. "They may start with their HMO, then go to an imaging center, then to their primary care doctor, who may refer to a tertiary care center. And the patient may be carrying CDs with past images, to which all their providers need access."

All of those providers, he noted, will need to view current and prior images across specialties, ranging from cardiology, pathology, ophthalmology and dermatology, in addition to radiology.

Wendt cited savings from his system's commitment to a multi-site PACS - known as enterprise imaging. By sharing current and prior images across 70 sites in five states with multiple electronic medical records, they were able to reduce exams by more than 800,000 a year and slow their image growth rate to 14 percent annually compared to a non-system growth rate of 56 percent. This reduced radiation exposure to patients through less retesting, helped their physicians make faster patient care decisions and reduced operating costs.

He said the interface between the PACS and EMR must be configured to meet the needs of all specialists, not just radiologists. This included a search function that automatically brings up all prior images.

A lot of work still needs to be done in developing a full-functioning enterprise imaging system, according to Wendt. While the DICOM imaging format development is getting better among imaging devices (such as in scopes), equipment vendors still have work to do in support of multi-department and enterprise imaging.

He cited pathology and ophthalmology images, which rely on huge image files, as providing special challenges to enterprise imaging integration.

Health IT Homepage

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2019 DOTmed.com, Inc.