Newton, Mass. (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has chosen lifeIMAGE as its medical image sharing service provider. A system-wide rollout of lifeIMAGE is underway and early adopters include practices in its nationally recognized cardiology, oncology, neuroscience and critical care programs. lifeIMAGE will ensure all physicians can instantly receive and view valuable clinical data that is stored on a CD or at a non-networked clinic, share it with others, and also import it to the local electronic medical record (EMR).
The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center Department of Radiology identified several aspects of the lifeIMAGE technology that will create efficiencies for doctors and clinical staff in the system’s image-intensive specialties, and also for those who will send image data to them:
-Exams can be shared without having to be imported to the PACS
-Users can create groups to share with multiple physicians at the same time
-It includes a zero-download viewer that supports all DICOM images, including complex multiframe echocardiography and angiography exams
-Physicians can view transferred exams without having to first download images
-Outside users do not need to be registered with lifeIMAGE to transfer images
“lifeIMAGE enhances our ability to offer a seamless exchange of information that speeds clinical care and enhances our service both to patients and physicians,” said Richard D. White, MD, Chair of Radiology at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
lifeIMAGE also equips Ohio State’s imaging informatics team with tools and streamlined workflow for standardizing outside exam and patient information and importing it to PACS, so that exams are available to physicians and their staff via the EMR. With this optimized functionality, it estimated that importation of outside studies to PACS is already fifty percent faster than prior to the implementation of lifeIMAGE.
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center will accelerate the adoption of lifeIMAGE to improve communication with the physician groups and clinics that are affiliated with the system, but who are not on its network. It will allow users to electronically share patients’ imaging with specialists on campus instead of using couriers to transport CDs across town.
“lifeIMAGE has been adopted so quickly by our clinical offices that demand is outpacing our roll-out plan. During the initial three-month pilot period alone, seven groups using the system uploaded nearly four-thousand exams,” said Kathryn M. Tunstall, MPH, Director of Imaging Informatics at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “One of our oncologists stated, ‘Where has this been all of my life?’ The ease-of-use of the lifeIMAGE system is all the marketing needed to encourage clinical offices to utilize the system.”
The radiology, surgery and cardiology departments at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center are now live with lifeIMAGE. At The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, lifeIMAGE is being used by mammography specialists and to facilitate tumor board. These live departments will be closely followed by more oncological specialties (thoracic-oncology surgery, the breast center, neuro-oncology, hematology, radiation therapy), urology, orthopedic surgery and the spine center.
Ohio’s State will also use lifeIMAGE to improve patient care and transfer efficiency for its critical patients. Its emergency department is doing extensive outreach and training to ten community hospitals on using electronic image transfer for these shared patients.
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is a Top 30 medical college with six hospitals, a unified physician practice and network of primary and specialty care practices. It has approximately 976 beds and 899,000 annual outpatient visits.
lifeIMAGE provides a broad set of solutions for universal e-sharing of diagnostic imaging information. These products securely connect hospitals, radiology groups and physicians to their patients everywhere and are currently deployed at many of the nation’s leading healthcare institutions and academic medical centers. The goal of the lifeIMAGE platform is to help avoid duplicate exams and eliminate unnecessary patient exposure to excessive radiation. lifeIMAGE was named one of the most innovative technologies by The Wall Street Journal as part of its international 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.