Beyond the centralized reading and reporting services at the MRC, the digital infrastructure and unified platform have enabled a standardization and harmonization of radiologist workplaces in every hospital in the city. “This allows us to smoothly transfer images from the primary care and out-hospital facilities to the hospitals, which reduces repeated studies,” describes Professor Morozov.
The XERO universal viewer plays a key role, providing “anywhere, anytime” access to the patient’s imaging record – not only for the radiologist, but for all stakeholders. “Radiologists might use XERO to quickly and remotely check a patient study that requires specific attention, for instance. And in the future, I am convinced the XERO functionality will be an important step in truly freeing radiologists from their physical locations,” he explains.
As new service lines have been connected to the digital infrastructure, other specialists have been increasingly making use of the functionalities, as well. “When we connected the angiography devices, vascular surgeons began using the platform to inform about their decisions regarding operations on stroke and myocardial infarction patients, for example. Traumatologists and ENT surgeons also use it, to check CT, MRI and X-ray results.”
Private PET-CT centers such as those specializing in oncology imaging are also connected, giving referring oncologists at the hospitals access to the PET-CT scans taken at those private centers. And with XERO embedded in their electronic health records, referring physicians can directly check patients’ images: in the last year, nearly 10,000 did so.