Image Exchange Expands in Western Colorado

Additional hospitals join Image Exchange service

In June Grand River Health became the third hospital to go-live with Image Exchange. St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is slated to go-live in the third quarter of 2016 and Montrose Memorial and Valley View Hospitals are in the planning queue for late 2016.

Image Exchange Expands in Western Colorado

Clinicians across western Colorado now have one click access to diagnostic quality images for their patients, from a growing number of connected sources via the QHN HIE. In June, Grand River Health became the third hospital in western Colorado to go live with this advanced technology image exchange service. This service enables them to provide higher quality and more responsive care to their patients by assuring their medical images are securely accessible to healthcare providers in the medical community.

Single Click Image Access – Get the Full Picture of Your Patients’ Health
Providers, with a single click on a patients’ results report in QHN, can view associated X-ray, MRI, CT-scan, PET scan and ultrasound images instantly on a diagnostic quality image viewer. This saves providers time by allowing the care team immediate access to recent and prior imaging studies, reduces healthcare costs by eliminating duplicate imaging procedures, and improves patient safety by limiting unnecessary radiation exposure. Patients no longer need to retrieve and transport films or images on CDs from location to location and physicians no longer need to call and wait for images or login to multiple PAC systems.

QHN recognized the importance of including images as part of the patient longitudinal health record as providers are increasingly reliant on the availability of imaging to assist them in providing more effective diagnosis, care planning and the delivery of healthcare services. Diagnostic imaging expenditures were nearly $220 billion in 2015 and a recent survey of hospital executives determined that the U.S. healthcare system spends at least $7.47 billion, and as much as $11.95 billion, on unnecessary imaging every year. “In addition to the clinical benefits image exchange provides it also helps to reduce the cost of care by reducing the need for duplicating imaging studies,” said Dick Thompson, Executive Director at QHN.

St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is slated to go-live on Image Exchange in the third quarter of 2016 and Montrose Memorial and Valley View Hospitals are in the planning queue for late 2016. Aspen Valley Hospital and Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center have both been live with Image Exchange since 2015.

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