Dec. 6 — At the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week, Compressus announced that its interoperability efforts helped Advanced Radiology Consultants (ARC), a 22-physician radiology group in Illinois, improve physician efficiency and patient safety, reduce unnecessary and duplicative tests and decrease diagnostic turn-around time by 600 percent.
Supporting 11 facilities with 22 board-certified radiologists, ARC reads and creates diagnostic reports for more than 300,000 medical imaging exams a year. The interoperability implementation involved the installation of a spectrum of Compressus’ MEDxConnect System components, designed to enable seamless integration of disparate information systems and provide users the freedom to select best of breed PACS, HIS/RIS, EMS and CIS tools, regardless of vendor.
“Physician efficiency and improved diagnostic turn around is critical not only to address the growing demand for imaging services, but also to improve patient safety and outcomes. ARC recently completed the initial implementation of the MEDxConnect Enterprise Systems Integration solution from Compressus, designed to seamlessly connect all of our systems so we can fully leverage physicians’ subspecialty expertise and get the right images to the right physician regardless of where they were generated or where across our network the physician may be located,” according to John Anastos, MD, chairman of radiology at Advocate Lutheran Hospital and president of ARC.
During phase I, implementation of the MEDxConnect System helped ACR cut report turn around from 18 hours to three. It also allowed 70 percent of all studies to have priors automatically prefetched without staff involvement. The MEDxConnect solution enables users to automatically pull all types of patient information, including historical and demographic data, prior reports and images, and physicians’ notes from disparate information and imaging systems, irrespective of vendor and distribute it to the appropriate physicians in real-time.
According to Anastos, ARC plans to implement the MEDxConnect solution throughout the entire ARC network based on results of the first phase. “Until we completed phase I, we could only guess how dramatic the results of true interoperability would really be. Not only are we delivering more efficient care, but with improved access to patient information and fewer handoffs, which can result in human error and re-work, we are offering better, safer care to our patients,” he added.