News | August 23, 2013

Cloud-based Medical Imaging Helps Baptist Health Eliminate 85 Percent of Discs

Level II trauma hospital now shares medical images with more than a dozen Alabama healthcare providers, improving the throughput of patient care

August 23, 2013 — Baptist Health eliminated 85 percent of CDs by storing and sharing medical images in real-time through Accelarad’s secure cloud platform. As central Alabama’s healthcare leader and one of only five Level II trauma facilities in the state, Baptist Health has been an Accelarad customer since March 2013.

Accelarad’s platform allows physicians and patients to access medical images in real-time from any Internet-connected computer or mobile device — similar to images uploaded to a social network. Prior to implementing Accelarad, Baptist Health manually stored and shared medical images on CDs. Oftentimes, these CDs were physically transported from referring hospitals hundreds of miles away, delaying patient care. Moreover, 20-30 percent of these CDs contained bad files, forcing patients to be rescanned.

“Accelarad has dramatically improved our continuity of patient services, particularly in trauma cases,” said Julio Rios, M.D., emergency room (ER) physician at Baptist Health. “In the ER, we now have a patient’s medical images before he/she arrives at our facility, which helps the throughput of patient care. We can have the patient’s room, the operating room and our medical staff fully prepared to treat the patient before we’ve even seen the individual, which makes a life-saving difference.”

Today, Baptist Health is connected with 15 other regional providers, including Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Jackson Hospital and Vaughan Regional Medical Center.  Now these hospitals and physicians can instantly access medical images to facilitate trauma transfers, specialty consults and patient image requests.

For more information: www.accelarad.com

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