How does Enterprise Imaging support integrated regional care?
Enterprise Imaging (EI) plays an important role in the national migration towards integrated care and is considered the next logical investment for many healthcare providers. For many patients, medical imaging marks a crucial point in their care pathway, and Enterprise Imaging can make it centralised, quick and secure.
Simply put, Enterprise Imaging is a comprehensive solution that manages diagnostic imaging across a network of care providers, such as a regional Imaging Network (like the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative), an Integrated Care System (ICS), or Health Board. It supports not only Radiology and Cardiology, but other departments that also generate and report images using their own unique workflows.
A well-designed EI solution leverages its own aptitudes, plus integrating other technologies, to deliver the patient’s imaging record at both examination and diagnostic levels. It includes traditional picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS), workflow engines (RIS), clinical Voice Recognition and vendor neutral archive (VNA) functionality, as well as the tools required to facilitate enterprise-wide image exchange and collaboration.
How Enterprise Imaging helps regional systems meet their challenges
Integrated care has been a focus of health policies in England, Scotland and Wales during the last ten years. Much of the UK is now collaborating regionally; specifically, England is covered by 42 ICSs, and the national strategy for Imaging Networks commits to 18 consolidated networks by 2023.
Their ambitions are the same: to improve population health, provide optimised care through resource-sharing, reduce health inequality, and improve quality of care to the patient. Healthcare providers are expected to look beyond their intra-organisational priorities and focus on system-wide objectives that improve the health of the communities which they serve. Key to achieving these ambitions is the ever-growing need to consider solutions that will reduce examination and diagnosis waiting times – these have typically fluctuated over the past decade due to shortages of radiologists and the Covid-19 backlog.
Solutions such as Enterprise Imaging improve efficiency and the sharing of resources across organisations; helping an already under-resourced workforce.
“The Covid-19 response has demonstrated that the NHS can make rapid digital improvements, such as rolling out remote and networked scan reporting. Innovations in imaging IT must continue as the health service recovers, and trusts must be centrally supported to allocate the staff time and capital investment needed to upgrade IT and alert systems.”
What is EI, really?
Not a Vision. Not a Theory. EI is an Agfa HealthCare reality. Let us explain the concept of Enterprise Imaging for Regional Networks.
The Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative
“Regional radiology collaboratives – benefits of intelligent networking”
Intuitive Regional Networks:
See how the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative connected innovations across seven sites!
Bringing Cardiology into Enterprise Imaging
Case Study : NovantHealth, North Carolina, USA.
Why and how to consolidate your image management with Enterprise Imaging
Interview with Jason Knox – Agfa HealthCare Medical Imaging IT
KLAS Enterprise Imaging 2021 Performance Report – CIOs everywhere are looking for clinically led maturity
Total Cost of Ownership in Healthcare IT:
Signify Research White Paper
Better, Faster and more efficient
Case Study : The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. How EI is transforming patient care in Imaging.
How EI technology helps patients and healthcare professionals
Despite the benefits to patients, clinicians and healthcare professionals, the current structure of many previously deployed Imaging IT projects is fragmented.
Certainly within UK & Ireland, there are many different vendors providing varying elements of a digital imaging service (e.g., RIS, PACS, VNA, sharing solutions), which can pose technical challenges where integrating systems are not vendor-agnostic. Equally, it is not uncommon for healthcare providers to be contracted with different suppliers on new and extended contracted terms – causing a disjoint within service provision and cut-over dates.
While this can make it seem problematic for networks or collaboratives to implement a regional solution, an EI-model can certainly be invested into modularly – meaning a network can choose to adopt an EI platform in stages to suit the contracted terms and/or functional capacity of their legacy system.
Agfa HealthCare’s approach to Enterprise Imaging
Whilst Integrated Care Systems and Regional Systems are a technological revolution for healthcare providers, they are not a revolution for Enterprise Imaging. For some time, Agfa HealthCare has been living and breathing the interoperability of automated network systems – we were the first to install EI and now can claim successful deliveries in the UK, Ireland and all over the globe.
The very nature of Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution is multi-faceted, consisting of sophisticated image management within a single unified platform, as well as collaborative engines providing inter-system automation, workflow efficiencies and mobility tools. Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution has also enhanced storage potential by optimising vendor neutral archiving – removing the need for costly and difficult PACS-to-VNA migration projects. As a vendor agnostic platform, Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution seamlessly integrates with third-party software, such as other PACS systems, to provide context and richer information that enables broadened access to a patient’s history – resulting in more informed diagnoses and treatment decisions. In addition, these capabilities enhance the data within your integrating systems, such as EPR, by providing universal access to clinical patient images and strengthening collaboration between all providers in your regional network. As a result, these benefits bring real clinical advantages – reducing waiting times, duplicate imaging tasks and time to diagnosis and treatment.
The extended service offering provides the latest in Agfa HealthCare’s Augmented and Business Intelligence offerings, not only helping to fulfill industry standards but also exceeding parameters of informed working for all key healthcare stakeholders who work to, and require measurables for, augmented clinical and financial data.
The flexibility of EI – multi-faceted for all stakeholders
A well-executed Enterprise Imaging strategy can deliver benefits far beyond clinical image management. At its core, EI focuses on converging not only images and data across departments – but also clinical workflows, business and IT resources, financial optimisations and clinical and business intelligence.
Supporting the entire organisation, EI puts the C-suite network in control of standards, costs, resources and asset management to instigate a accountable and measurable care delivery transformation, which in turn supports a cross-team collaboration and an improved clinical service.
In summary, Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging is positioned and renowned as an all-encompassing system; built to accommodate and support the needs of routine clinical users, clerical departments, IT management and the C-suite networks. See the below infographic which shows how our software development teams have identified and met the Imaging IT requirements of our stakeholders.
Users & Beneficiaries
- Shortening diagnosis periods
- Encouraging a patient-centric, not system-centric, approach to care delivery
- Improving patient experience by helping to reduce repeat examinations, wait times, length of stay and average discharge time
- Providing a content-rich diagnosis: collaborative patient care from a single patient imaging record across the entire network
- Uncompromised access to patients’ images and data.
- Provides information for confident diagnosis and reporting
- Information exchange with peers and referrers
- Realtime messaging
- Mobile Device Support
- Usability: allowing the clinic to focus on the patient
- Supporting cross hospital pathways and shared speciality worklists
- Excellent voice recognition performance
- Flexibility of home-reporting
- Class-leading AI embedded and machine learning technologies to intelligently assist with vast amounts of data
- Clinical tools available in a single desktop/viewer
- Clinical satisfaction and comfort
- Balancing departmental skills, resources and capacity
- Full autonomy of image and report sharing between sites and care settings
- Vendor agnostic capability: complements and supports multi-provider networks
- Seamless integration with other clinical systems
- Rules based workflows enable balanced workloads
- Helping reduce silos, monitor throughput and other KPIs
- Business Intelligence offering statistics and resource management
System Managers & Administrators
- Administrator-led intelligent configuration options
- Locally assigned access rights
- Tiered and intuitive training packages
- Audit trail management
- Reduces technical complexity and cost by consolidating and reducing infrastructure requirements
- Highly configurable to individual and site processes and workflows
- Optimises storage utilisation by implementing lifecycle management (LCM) policies and leveraging tiered or cloud models.
- Minimising points of failure across multiple providers’ systems
- Reducing costs of protecting your site’s data and devices
Enterprise Imaging strategy
can deliver benefits
far beyond clinical
- Quick result realisation by lower TCO; simplifying and centralising maintenance cost and effort.
- Investing into long term and strategic roadmap
- Vision of reputation with use of visionary technology
- Reducing environmental footprint with digital autonomy and paperless initiatives
- Class-leading security assurance
- Low maintenance solutions offered, such as centralised and cloud
- Proactive system monitoring
- Compliance with clinical regulations and industry standards
- Cross departmental resource capacity management
- Accessing data “anywhere, anytime” (including mobility)
- Business Intelligence for KPI management.
- Quality management and improvement
- Patient pathway benefits – image and data sharing between care settings
- Easy access to information
- Leverage benefits of multi-specialist engagement and collaboration)
- Vendor neutral capability
- Capacity to support multiple clinical pathways
- Supports compliance with regulatory and clinical standards
- Easy access to information via collaboration and exchange.
- Patient-centric solutions allow smoother point-of-care sessions.
- TCO competitiveness
- Secure financial standing of supplier
- Flexible software licensing models
Enterprise Imaging is positioned and renowned as an all-encompassing system; built to accommodate and support the needs of routine clinical users, clerical departments, IT management and the C-suite networks.
Why Agfa HealthCare is different
Agfa HealthCare is an international leading, best-in-suite provider of Imaging IT solutions – with a track record spanning many years of delivering enterprise-wide imaging systems to the NHS and private healthcare centres. We are able to continually refine our technology through collaboration with network partners, by extracting customer insights and through working with industry research bodies. In particular, the KLAS Research Enterprise Imaging 2021 Performance Report commended Agfa HealthCare for being strategically and operationally guiding, offering excellent standards of technology and well-coordinated go-lives – resulting in a high performance score.
The report praises Agfa HealthCare for:
- Ability to scale and deliver for large customers
- Satisfaction of newly deployed sites
- Strategic guidance given to customers
- Providing a significantly better experience for customers than those using older platforms
We are 100% vested into EI and its support of patient care.
Not a Vision. Not a Theory. EI is an Agfa HealthCare reality.
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Enterprise Imaging Release Manager at Agfa Healthcare
James is Agfa HealthCare UKI’s lead for Regional Network and ICS-driven projects.
With many years’ experience in clinical imaging systems, including as a Radiographer at a leading NHS Board, James has product line responsibility for EI where he assists customers with planning Enterprise Imaging networks, regional pathways and deployments.
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