August 31, 2018 — Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a comprehensive enterprise imaging system. The implementation will facilitate greater efficiencies in clinical operations, improve clinical confidence, and enable cost reduction through convergence of systems and timely access to medical images and diagnostic tools.
The recently implemented system has converged multiple picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) onto a single platform. This allows the 1,627-bed, multi-hospital system to seamlessly connect over 400 imaging modalities across 50 individual provider facilities to patients' medical imaging data. Nearly 4,000 clinicians are now relying on the enterprise imaging system to deliver patient care daily throughout the greater northwest South Carolina region.
GHS system recently achieved the prestigious Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 Award, the highest achievement level awarded. The near paperless environment achieved by GHS harnesses the integration of electronic medical record (EMR) and enterprise imaging technologies to advance the clinical, operational and financial vitality of the health system.
The KLAS Enterprise Imaging Performance Report 2018 from KLAS Research identified Agfa HealthCare as a 'strong and guiding partner' and cites strategic guidance, strength of the new platform and integration as keys to the company's success in driving desired outcomes for clients. No vendor scored higher than Agfa HealthCare as a strong partner to create and/or develop an organization's enterprise imaging strategy. The study found that organizations seeing the most outcomes are those using Agfa HealthCare VNA (vendor neutral archive) and universal viewer, both of which GHS elected to rollout in their initial stage of the multi-year deployment.
The enterprise imaging system implemented at GHS includes the following suite of applications on a single platform:
- Enterprise Imaging for Cardiology (PACS) - improves clinical productivity and reduces application overload by using a single user interface supporting all cardiology clinical workflows;
- Enterprise Imaging for Radiology (PACS) - a highly customizable diagnostic workflow tool designed to help radiologists achieve optimal efficiency in reading radiological studies;
- Standardized departmental workflows - allows all image-producing service lines, including point-of-care ultrasound, dermatology, photo capture for wound care and opthalmology to capture and associate imaging studies with an episode of care and drive enterprise-wide efficiency through standardization;
- Enterprise Imaging Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) - consolidates all imaging data from multiple systems, departments, facilities and vendors into a central clinical data foundation;
- Web-based Xero universal image viewer - provides secure access to DICOM and non-DICOM imaging data from different departments and multiple sources, in one view, anywhere; and
- Enterprise Imaging Exchange - allows fast, secure, reliable transfer of patient imaging studies, to from, within, inside and outside the health system.
"We are proud of the technical and clinical enhancements accomplished across the Greenville Health System that will help improve the care we deliver to the patients we serve. The Enterprise Imaging platform integrates with our EMR to benefit our growing network's clinical, operational and fiscal health," said Richard Rogers, vice president and CIO, Greenville Health System. "In reducing complexity and cost — and increasing efficiencies across our clinical and operational processes — we view Agfa HealthCare's solution as key to our digital health strategy. The Agfa HealthCare team has been an excellent business partner and their guidance and collaboration have been instrumental to our controlled rollout's continuing success."
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