With the new Enterprise Imaging solution up and running, the users, including the radiologists, quickly experienced concrete benefits. Dr. Gregory Cross, Diagnostic Radiologist, highlights how improvements in the new platform keep the radiologist workflow smooth and enhance efficiency.
“The voice recognition in Enterprise Imaging has taken a step forward, compared to the previous PACS. It is better at learning voice and speech patterns. So even at the end of a busy day, when our voices are tired and our speech may be slower, it still does a very good job, with few errors.”
The flexible text macros further accelerate the production of correct and complete reports, he explains. “Reports continue to get longer, both from increasing amounts of data (for example, all the measurements in an obstetric ultrasound), but also from hospital administration requirements (such as indicating the number of ccs of contrast medium used). There are many things repeated in report after report, as well. With Agfa Enterprise Imaging, it was easy to personalize the macros, to automate these repetitive parts of the report.”
Finally, the hanging protocols, combined with easy access to the dictation function, are another significant time-saver. “When I open a study, I don’t want to press three buttons to access the dictation function: I want to be able to just go. When you are reading 150 studies, shortcuts like these add up to a lot of time gained.”
With these tools and functionalities, he highlights, the radiologists can handle more patients, studies, and reports, more quickly. “That means clinicians and referring physicians get the information they need faster, and patients can begin treatment in a timely manner – which is key to patient care,” he adds.