DR systems plays vital role in launch of innovative IT approach

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San Diego-based DR Systems has been instrumental in developing the Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange (CDE), which is scheduled to "go live" at the end of this month. Begun in 1998, CDE was the first effort in the nation to electronically share patient-specific information between multiple healthcare institutions in a region. It is also one of the first and best-known regional health information organizations (RHIOs) to begin operations.
   
DR Systems developed an interface to enable radiology information from the three CDE members using the company's PACS to be available to all other participating facilities. In the course of installing systems at more than 250 sites over the past 12 years, DR has developed interfaces with more than 30 different systems by approximately 20 different vendors. These systems include imaging modalities, hospital information systems (HIS), radiology information systems (RIS), PACS and transcription, dictation, billing, and voice recognition systems, among others
   
The radiology information shared with CDE participants includes radiology images - as well as associated reports and voice clips -- from three large facilities: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Sansum Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Pueblo Radiology.
   
DR Systems developed the interface to permit authorized personnel from any CDE institution to access this information via a standard Internet connection. The system also allows physicians to remotely access patient information through the Internet. To protect confidentiality of patient information, the company designed an authentication procedure involving single sign-in log-in accounts, so that access to patient information is restricted to the appropriate parties.
   
The Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange is designed to improve quality, clinical efficiency and safety in patient care by improving access to inter and intra-organizational patient-specific information at the point of care.