Regional communication of dicom studies plagues all facilities at one level or another. Today, the most common way to communicate dicom studies is via CD and the financial burden of burning CDs for transport is between $5- $9 dollars. The burden cost of transportation, time wasted waiting and repeat studies vary based on the level of urgency cost $100s to $1000s per case.
Hospitals struggle to locate patient studies for surgery or procedures prior to patient arrival, this is vital to outcomes in urgent or emergent settings and costly when they are lost or forgotten.
The Outpatient Imaging Center business model is based on completing as many studies as possible within a day and present results to the referring physician within 24-48 hours. Prior studies for comparison pose an ongoing problem because they are at the mercy of the sender and the most common methods of sending are US mail, local courier, patient or patient family to pick up and drop off.
Physicians face a storm of usernames and passwords to retrieve vital patient information from multiple facilities and centers they refer to. Cutting down the number
of logins and providing access to the most current
information will reduce a physicians time to treat
and help improve the referral process.
I-PACS online addresses all the preceding issues with
our secure regional MI HIE solution. Our goal is to
create a team environment between affiliated and
unaffiliated PACS administrators, radiology
directors, physician practice administrators ,
government and private payers to put an end to
this costly dilemma.