High imaging-volume US hospital takes on the future, with new Enterprise Imaging for Radiology platform
With its high volume of medical imaging, productivity is constantly a focus for Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC).
The hospital carries out some 150,000 imaging exams each year, and offers 24/7 radiology services. In this environment, image management via the RIS/PACS is key, says Dr. Scott Logan, Chief Radiologist and Senior Medical Director of SOMC Medical Imaging.
SOMC is a 222-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, USA, with a medical staff of more than 140 physicians and specialists, 2,200 employees, and more than 800 volunteers. It provides emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other healthcare services, to rural Ohio. The hospital consists of 13 different campuses and centers, including sites dedicated to cancer, family practice, hospice care and more.
To provide its 24/7 radiology services, SOMC has eight radiologists and works with a ‘nighthawk’ service that provides preliminary interpretations at night. “24/7 radiology is pretty standard in the US,” explains Dr. Logan. “There is no downtime in patient management, and images need to be evaluated immediately. Hospitals have to be set up to support this.”