Taking the lead in healthcare IT is all about executing on a vision to create seamless connectivity of all imaging and patient information systems to enable comprehensive, well-organized patient data to flow to the caregiver, whenever it is needed. That's a tall order, but here you'll learn more about 10 healthcare facilities and networks that are succeeding. They have invested in digital imaging, IT and the technical and human infrastructure to connect devices, physicians and referring physicians - and then get information back to the patient for quick diagnosis and treatment.
This year's nominations were accepted from June 10th through July 22nd. Two hundred and eighty nine qualified forms were received, representing more than 550 healthcare facilities. Among the factors differentiating the winners were percentage of facility that is filmless, percentage of procedures that are digital, the number of modalities and departments that send and utilize images from PACS and the ability of in-network physicians and referring physicians to access electronic images. Believe us, the competition was furious. And here are the winners - plus a series of honorable mention facilities broken down into six categories: Heart Hospitals, Children's Hospitals, IDNs, Imaging Centers, Municipality-Owned Hospitals and Small Hospitals.
Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals (BW/F), Boston, Mass.
This 755-bed non-profit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School is a member of the Partners HealthCare System. Every day, on average, some 1,654 people have outpatient visits, 112 people are admitted, 148 people visit the ER, 78 people have surgery, 266 patients seek care in the community health centers and 27 babies are born. The BW/F Medical Imaging IT program is multi-institutional and includes Brigham and Women's Hospital, Faulkner Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and multi-disciplinary including all radiology disciplines, cardiology, anesthesia and vascular medicine. The program is focused on systems thinking and design to implement integrated information tools at the point of care.
Departments/modalities that send images to PACS Radiology, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Critical Care/ICU/CCU, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Cath Lab, DR, CR, PET, PET/CT, Echocardiography, Vascular Medicine, Anesthesia and Vascular Surgery
Departments/modalities that utilize images from PACSRadiology, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Critical Care/ICU/CCU, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, Dermatology, Enterprise Physicians including ICUs, ORs, Surgical and Rehab
Info Systems & Software Vendors
- HIS: Partners Information Systems - BICS
- CPOE: Medicalis, Partners Information Systems
- Storage: EMC
- Servers: HP, Dell, Sun & Compaq
- RIS: IDX
- CIS: Medicalis
- LIS: Partners Information Systems
- PACS: GE, Stentor, Siemens, Agfa & Amicas
- Voice/Speech Recognition: Dictaphone, Escription
- CAD: R2 & CADx
- 3D: Vital Images, GE Healthcare, Siemens
- Echocardiography: Siemens
- 885 licensed beds
- 11,000 employees
- 580,000 annual imaging procedures
- 90% or more procedures that are digital
- 90% or more of the facility is filmless
- 15,000 physicians have online access to digital images
- 90% or more physicians have access to digital images
- 90% or more referring physicians have access to digital images
INTEGRIS Health: Baptist Medical Center & Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma's largest state-owned health system runs not-for-profit hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, independent living centers and home health agencies through much of the state. Integris has placed great emphasis on integrating patient EMR and digital imaging. Substantial investments have been made in infrastructure to allow high speed access to patient information in redundant format. This includes local LANand wireless access from all patient floors, ER, ICU, OR and related treatment areas. Reports and access to imaging studies are available online, real time via web browser access.
Departments/modalities that send images to PACS Radiology, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Critical Care/ICU/CCU, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, Dermatology, X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Cath Lab, Digital Radiography, Computed Radiography, PET, PET/CT, C-arm and Cystography
Departments/modalities that utilize images from PACSRadiology, Cardiology, Oncology,