More complete information, more complete care
Clinicians have one word for what they want from your next generation enterprise imaging solutions. Context. A recent study in the Journal of Digital Imaging suggests that nearly 60% of radiology orders have no mention of important chronic conditions, calling it “an alarming lack of communication” that “may negatively impact interpretation quality.” Imaging orders such as “chest pain” or “lower abdominal pain,” for example, are essentially context free, giving clinicians little information to work with. Access to a complete clinical history behind those orders can help clinicians provide richer input for more accurate diagnoses and more effective care plans, along with results of the imaging study.

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Current imaging solutions fall short on context
First generation enterprise imaging systems excel at the manipulation and visualization of DICOM and other images in a myriad of ways. But support for non-DICOM patient data is often limited to other image formats such as JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and PDF. Whether you call them vendor neutral archives (VNA), deconstructed PACS, or Application Independent Clinical Archives (AICA), these systems offer little access to important information in unstructured physician notes and patient history. And they provide limited visibility to relevant structured data such as problem lists and diagnoses; failing to present a complete patient record to clinicians.

The future of patient-centric imaging requires enterprise-imaging solutions to support a true longitudinal record of the patient – not just image data types.

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Innovation in Enterprise Imaging: Clinical Context is Whats Next