Mary C., 82, is brought to your Emergency Department by her daughter, Karen. Mary is complaining of severe abdominal pain and is obviously in distress. After taking Mary’s vitals, your ED team performs a POC ultrasound of the area and the radiologist sees a suspicious growth in Mary’s lower intestine.
Needing the opinion of a gastroenterologist in order to ascertain next steps, the ED physician calls in a request for the specialist to view the images as well as discuss the radiologist’s report.
Fifteen minutes later, 40 miles away, at one of your sister hospitals, a staff gastroenterologist sits down at a PC in his office, accesses Mary’s EHR, reads the ED physician’s description, and reviews the ultrasound images along with the radiologist’s written report.
He enters his impression directly into the EHR, referencing the images and the report, and initiates an order for a CT scan. Minutes later, before Mary, Karen, or the ED staff have to wait any longer, Mary is wheeled to the Radiology Department and prepared for the scan.