Amicas features Radstream, new PACS version
Dec. 4—Amicas of Boston featured its RadStream and launched VisionReach 2.0 and Vision Series PACS Version 5.5 at the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week.

RadStream provides a next-generation software product designed to streamline the communication of, and mitigate the risks associated with, communicating critical results to referring physicians. Proven to improve radiologist productivity, service and quality for referring physicians, RadStream makes possible the automation and documentation of critical results communication and the prioritization of imaging exams based on a “most likely to interrupt” method.

To assess the impact of RadStream, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Business conducted outcomes studies measuring 26,000 radiology operations data points before and after implementation. The researchers found that RadStream improves radiology report turnaround by 56 percent and reduces interruptions to radiologists by 29 percent.

Vision Reach 2.0 adds follow-up order entry, allowing a referring physician to order a follow-up exam as well as receiving instantaneous secure notification when a report is available. It provides proactive electronic delivery, notifying the referring physician when exam results are ready. Vision Reach also integrates the radiology report with key images and creates a single multi-media report for referring physicians. It uses email and secure messaging to proactively deliver images, reports and information to any email-enabled device. The zero-install client web-based application eliminates installation and any client level application requirements. Vision Reach is available as a standalone referring physician product or in combination with Vision Series products.

Vision Series PACS Version 5.5 introduces enhancements to RealTime Worklist, including role-based workflow management. Also included are extended Vision Watch reporting capabilities and new advanced high availability options. Role-based workflow management makes it possible to create custom workflows for everyone involved in the radiology round trip. For the radiologist, it optimizes reading patterns and enhances communication. For the technologist, it facilitates instantaneous awareness of where patients are in the imaging process. For the referring physician, RealTime Worklist delivers quicker results and better service. Amicas is showing examples of role-based workflow management like identification and communication of ED discrepancies. Besides the ED wet read assessment, other exam factors can be captured and stored with the study, such as teaching file status, image quality assessment and study reservation.