Compressus Inc. showcased its comprehensive suite of Enterprise Systems Integration software solutions here at RSNA 2006 last month. The MEDxConnect System technology provides seamless connectivity and interoperability between diagnostic acquisition devices, PACS, HIS, RIS, and their related information systems of integrated digital medical imaging and data management. Key components of the MEDxConnect Enterprise Integration solution include: the Medical Message Mediator (M 3), the Virtual Worklist and the Systems Management Dashboard (SMD).
The company is focusing on the lack of interoperability between existing information and imaging systems. By addressing that problem, they can offer customers increased diagnostic and management effectiveness. Compressus’ MEDxConnect provides seamless connectivity and interoperability at a level needed for the eventual implementation of a standards-based electronic health record.
The centerpiece of the MEDxConnect technology is the Medical Message Mediator (M 3). Supporting HL7, DICOM, and other standard messages, the M 3 uses the communications protocols and semantics of each participating information system to control the flow of images, reports, messages, standard patient demographics and other important data for diagnosis and treatment planning of a patient between otherwise independent and disparate systems. The M 3 uses DICOM, HL7, XML, SSL, TLS and other standards to ensure HIPAA compliance in both procedural and security areas.
Different systems use proprietary data structures to store and move information, causing interoperability problems. Using proprietary Bloodhound Technology, the M3 maps the data elements and bridges isolated islands of data and mediates interoperability between the different applications, creating a virtual integrated information system that adheres to the IHE technical framework. This information can then be reliably used to automate and manage pre-fetching rules, study distribution, and report creation and delivery based on customers’ programmed requirements. This eliminates manual data entry operations and speeds up the healthcare delivery process.
The MEDxConnect Virtual Worklist is a software product that runs on the MEDxConnect M 3 server and leverages the M3 integration capabilities. Compressus considered the growing shortage of radiologists, particularly sub-specialists, and now offers centralized worklists with automated routing and single login access to ensure timely review and interpretation. The Virtual Worklist and M3 enable users to build a flexible system to efficiently manage diagnostic and reporting workflow throughout the Enterprise. This is accomplished through the ability to retrieve and store diagnostic images on DICOM archives, the ability to manage their activities via a patient work list generated from multiple PACS or network systems, and the ability to route images to participating physicians based upon any combination of modality, body part, and/or referring physician through rules created by the customer. By creating one integrated Enterprise diagnostic network, the Virtual Worklist maximizes productivity and reduce spikes in workload.
The Compressus MEDxConnect Systems Management Dashboard (SMD) provides the needed overview in monitoring Enterprise activities and assist in identifying inefficiencies or bottlenecks in workflow. Using a variety of numeric and graphic tools to display workflow operations, the SMD is designed to be a powerful tool that will enable users to find and correct inefficiencies.
Compressus’ MEDxConnect System acts as a communications hub, enabling various PACS, HIS, RIS and other data information systems to connect and communicate across the enterprise. The integrated imaging and data management solution from Compressus is designed to support a facility’s current and expanded workload and provide an infrastructure for sustained growth. This solution emphasizes the electronic collection and distribution of digital imaging data including: digital storage and transmission of imaging data, softcopy workstations for efficient interpretation by radiologists, automated voice interpretation for generation of reports and electronic and secure distribution via the web of images and reports to referring physicians.
“As healthcare enterprises grow in size and complexity, enterprise systems integration will become increasingly vital to the successful management of patient care and the bottom line,”