By Jackie Leckas on 11.17.2016
At the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting you’ll find the lifeIMAGE team talking about connecting images across the healthcare ecosystem. This is because medical imaging is a critical component of the patient’s overall medical record, yet providers across clinical specialties still struggle with accessing a full imaging history. Data can live in countless locations internal and external to a hospital. Our message to radiology? You have the power to bring all this data together for the sake of better patient care.
For this reason we’re excited to show RSNA attendees lifeIMAGE 5.0. With this update our enterprise image exchange platform now boasts diagnostic image viewing, the option to access patient data from any internal or external source, and the ability for care providers to collaborate on exams in real-time from any location. It’s also the first product release from lifeIMAGE to use HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to exchange data between otherwise disconnected systems.
However, beyond just talking shop about our product, there are several parts of the professional program we are also excited about.
The RSNA Image Share Validation Program
Standards-based image exchange is a core focus at lifeIMAGE. At last year’s conference, RSNA, in collaboration with The Sequoia Project, announced the RSNA Image Share Validation Program. Throughout 2016 the program tested the compliance of commercial systems using standards for efficient exchange of medical images developed by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and used in the RSNA Image Share Network. lifeIMAGE participated in the testing program and passed multiple tests throughout the process.
So, at the conference we’re looking forward to “Interoperability - Imaging and Beyond: IHE, Standards and The RSNA Image Share” a session that will be led by Dr. David Mendelson and Mariann Yeager from The Sequoia Project on Monday, November 28. Based on the abstract, it will shine a light on the importance of interoperability in providing optimal patient care, and provide updates on several interoperability initiatives, including the validation program.
Implications of MACRA on Radiology
The final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was announced on October 14. It includes new or revised reporting of measurements, and applies rewards and penalties based on defined performance. There are several pieces that affect radiology, and more specifically, image sharing. Industry consultant Don Dennison recently shared how cloud-based image sharing can help institutions meet two quality measures for MACRA.
Advances in Women’s Imaging
Our work with Mammosphere has us particularly dialed into what expert breast imagers are seeing as advances or best practices in the field of women’s imaging.
“Breast Series: Hot Topics in Breast Imaging,” a half day session on Monday, November 28, is packed with seventeen interesting presentations, ranging from breast density research and policy, screening methods and compliance, and the use of digital breast tomosynthesis.
Image Access Across the Enterprise
The abstract for “Challenges in Enterprise Imaging,” an RSNA session scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, succinctly explains the image management issues that have sprung up within healthcare enterprises as more and more specialities are relying on various types of imaging (both DICOM and non-DICOM).
We know through our work with Client Outlook that health systems are searching for a single viewer to provide clinical users with efficient access to all types of medical imaging content. The key is providing this access without compromising performance or usability for radiologists. At RSNA we’ll be demonstrating eUnity, its enterprise viewing platform, in our booth. eUnity connects image data from disparate applications without requiring a VNA and aggregates the information into a single viewer. It provides clinical users fast, zero-footprint access to full fidelity images, 100% of the time, with a robust toolset that meets the needs of individual ‘ologies with PACS-like performance.