“The speed and flexibility of reporting enhance the clinical care and the patient experience”, Ms. Olegario describes. “Imagine: a patient does an MRI, and before they are even out of the examination room, the report is ready. The physician has direct access to the report. That’s real value-based care.”
For in-house radiologist Dr. Anas AbdulAzeem, the solution provides the tools and functionalities he needs for diagnosis, reporting, collaboration and more. “The streamlined, uncluttered interface, intuitive features and customizable desktop make the solution easy to use,” he starts. “And the measurement tools, in particular those for orthopedics, ultrasound and MRI, and multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) are all very helpful to me.”
The sectional reporting, which offers a guideline for naturally and logically grouping various parts of a radiology report, is very comfortable to use, while still offering the flexibility to adapt the report to the radiologist’s own style. Standardizing radiology reports in the clinic enables clinicians to more easily read reports and find the information they need.
Enterprise Imaging also enhances collaboration between colleagues and with the outside radiology reading service the clinic uses. Dr. AbdulAzeem describes: “If I want to co-author a report with a colleague, for example, the system makes it easy to get a signature from both of us, and then allows me to validate the report.
On the other hand, once I have opened a file and begun working on it, no-one else can then open it. And once a report has been signed off, no-one can make further changes to it. These functionalities reduce error, and further enhance the quality of patient care.”
The reading radiologists outside the clinic have the same, real-time access to studies, enabling a smooth workflow inside and outside the clinic. “I simply inform them that there is a study available, they can access it directly, make the report right in the solution, and sign it off” he explains. “At the same time the solution is more secure and ensures greater confidentiality for the patient.”
Another functionality he appreciates is the ability to merge or to split images and studies. “Say that a patient comes in for a Doppler ultrasound of the arterial and the venous systems. On the modality, these are one, combined order. But we will want to look at the images for the arterial system separately from the venous system. The technician can easily split them directly at the modality, into two distinct studies. So, when we are reading later, we don’t have to switch back and forth between venous and arterial images. That’s a function that both the technician and the reading radiologist appreciate.”