Healthcare IT Bridges the Clinical Workflow Divide

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Streamlining workflow processes across the enterprise to increase efficiency and better care has always been the focus of healthcare IT vendors, and this year’s RSNA is no exception. Vendors are offering a variety of web-based solutions that close the loop on clinical and business operations such as patient scheduling, diagnostic reporting and virtual worklists.

Amicas (Booth 7128) is showcasing three tools to help streamline workflow—Amicas Financials, Documents and Dashboards. Amicas Financials automates the identification and management of denials and follow-up workflows for revenue cycle management. Amicas Documents is designed to facilitate compliance with the privacy and security guidelines mandated by HIPAA. Dashboards allows access to data for clinical and operational performance metrics.

Amirsys (Booth 2801) is featuring its new STATdx premier integrated diagnostic decision support system. STATdx, an imaging point-of-care, diagnostic clinical decision support system, streamlines workflow by reducing the time required to research and complete a difficult imaging analysis.

Candelis (Booth 1509) is introducing its ImageGrid Integrated Radiology and Mammography Workstation, a thin-client appliance PC designed for radiology and mammography applications. The ImageGrid technology suite includes the ImageGrid PACS Web Viewer, ImageGrid PACS Mammography Web Viewer and ImageGrid PACS Referring Physician Viewer. 

Carestream Health (Booth 8342) is unveiling its new SuperPACS Architecture to connect disparate PACS at multiple sites throughout a healthcare system. Shown as a works in progress, the architecture will communicate with existing PACS from multiple vendors to create an enterprise-wide PACS that will offer a unified, common worklist.

Compressus (Booth 4073) is spotlighting its MEDxConnect version 2.5 release. The new release features a full integration with GE Healthcare’s Centricity PACS and also includes full integration with PowerScribe speech recognition software. Other new features include the Order Management Module (OM2) module, which automatically creates an electronic order in cases where there is no RIS. A Study Forward feature enables users to pass studies to specialists or colleagues for consultations.

Double Black Imaging (Booth 4676) is featuring an updated DICOMetrix, a proactive DICOM image flow and network performance monitoring solution. The new images per minute (IPM) feature allows for user-controlled monitoring on the enterprise version in IPM in addition to images per second (IPS). The IPM feature is beneficial for monitoring slower modalities and slower inter-facility connections in a PACS enterprise that are typically approximately 1 IPS, the company says. Monitoring in IPM makes setting baseline and alert settings easier and more accurate.

DICOMetrix is a resource tool that allows PACS administrators, directors and IT personnel to monitor and track system performance and alert radiology and PACS support staff about system slow-downs and outages. DICOMetrix is a three-tiered software package. The first tier is a client that sits at the workstation level (Rad station, modality, CD burner, Rimage and film scanners) and monitors how fast the images are coming into that station. The second tier is the DICOMetrix Server that resides on the DICOM Server and monitors IPs sending into this server as well as outgoing traffic. The third tier is a new web-based enterprise solution that monitors all clients and servers in one easy to access location.

Eclipsys (Booth 7321) is showcasing its Sunrise Enterprise suite of solutions that help integrate clinical and financial outcomes at key points throughout the healthcare continuum, including outpatient care and communicating with patients at home. The underlying Eclipsys XA architecture and ObjectsPlus/XA application development technology provide a foundation for improved performance across the enterprise. Eclipsys Revenue Cycle Solutions help organizations manage the business of healthcare.  

Exogen Healthcare (Booth 5465) is showcasing Blue Ocean, a software solution that enables the coordination of care between patients, clinicians and critical assets. The solution aggregates information from disparate information systems, performs event correlation, and delivers real-time, actionable information at the critical point in patient care. For example, a clinician can treat a stroke patient within minutes of presenting in the ED, an interventional