Health IT Merges Clinical Insight, Better Workflow

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 Health IT vendors are helping to answer the call that healthcare facilities must work smarter. At RSNA 2007, vendors are showing increased functionality in their software, tools that improve workflow efficiency and offerings that assist with everything from scheduling to billing to electronic signature and reporting. Scalable solutions, improved networking capability, tighter integration and workstations that offer “one-stop shopping” are sharing the showtime limelight.

Advantech (Booth 3151) is showcasing its ARK-1000 series of compact, embedded computers, and demonstrating its first network video solution, the DVG-1100, a single channel, full motion MPEG4 video server. With mature development on the network infrastructure and more devices connected to the IP network, the DVG-1100 provides gateway functions to convert analog video signals to digital video streams over the IP network.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is demonstrating its ORBIS Clinical Information System. ORBIS Live encompasses administrative processes including admission/transfer/discharge, order entry, results reporting, document management, and general and administrative admissions. ORBIS Care offers a complete Clinician Charting and Documentation module.

Amicas (Booth 2853) is launching a new version of Vision Series RIS that introduces advanced work queues to optimize order entry and scheduling workflows, and advances in native HL7 integration capabilities and in scalability for complex practices.

Amicas is displaying Vision Series Document Management, an enterprise document management solution with electronic capture, storage and management of documents. Vision Series Financials uses automation tools to automate revenue cycle management.

Amirsys (Booth 1003) is showing STATdx, the first point-of-care, clinical decision support system for imaging. STATdx Expert Differential Diagnosis generates key differentials including common, less common, and rare, but important, diagnoses.  STATdx streamlines workflow by reducing the time required to research and complete a difficult imaging analysis.

Aspyra (Booth 3307) is demonstrating its CyberRAD RIS which offers end-to-end solutions that automate processes at every point of patient and encounter workflow. Using a Windows platform, CyberRAD focuses on advanced scheduling, film management and electronic signature.

  Carestream: Carestream RIS/PACS workstation with voice

Carestream Health (Booth 2513) is featuring its new Kodak Carestream RIS Standard Configuration and the latest version of Carestream RIS. A mammography module includes specialized scheduling, patient communication and reporting capabilities.

Carestream also is featuring its Kodak Carestream Digital Dashboard that now supports monitoring of Kodak Carestream RIS operations. The dashboard allows for proactive monitoring of equipment performance, storage utilization and user volumes.

Cedara Software (Booth 1316) is showcasing its Fusion RIS MX solution which offers enterprise-wide licensing and scaleable design; flexible scheduling options that allow customers to fine-tune scheduling workflow and optimize room utilization; embedded modules for applications such as document management and dictation to facilitate seamless, paperless workflow; and billing capabilities tied tightly to the RIS workflow. 

CoActiv Medical Business Solutions (Booth 5741) is introducing Exam-RIS, a fully web-based RIS tightly integrated with the CoActiv web-based enterprise Exam-PACS. The new RIS includes single and multi-site scheduling, multi-site billing, document scanning, web-based dictation, transcription, exam report templating, custom management reports, and HL7 integration with HIS and billing.

CodeRyte (Booth 2576) is showcasing its computer-assisted coding solution and showing by customer example how it works. Prior to CodeRyte, one customer relied on spreadsheets to manually track the work of eight full-time coders. After CodeRyte, the customer saved nearly $1,000 a month in overtime, reduced its full-time coding staff from eight to three, cut report turnaround time from six days to less than 24 hours, and has a medical necessity denial rate of less than 1 percent.

Compressus (Booth 5924) is showcasing several product enhancements to the MEDxConnect system, which delivers optimized workflow management for enterprise interoperability.

Pertinent Pre-Fetching is an enhanced rules-based tool to access prior studies and data.  In addition to the requested data,