News | Enterprise Imaging | November 07, 2017

New York Radiology Practice Installs Carestream Image Management Platform to Expedite Reporting

Group reads 500,000 medical imaging studies annually

New York Radiology Practice Installs Carestream Image Management Platform to Expedite Reporting

November 7, 2017 — Radiologic Associates P.C., Middletown, N.Y.,  recently upgraded to Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform to deliver enterprise imaging and vendor-neutral archiving. The health system also added Carestream’s Vue Motion enterprise viewer module to deliver enhanced service to physicians at dozens of area hospitals and imaging centers in the Hudson Valley. The group’s 28 radiologists read 500,000 diagnostic imaging studies a year.

“Our new enterprise imaging platform equips radiologists with faster access to imaging studies, which enhances productivity while providing even more responsive delivery of radiology reports,” said Andrew Mazzella, CEO of Radiologic Associates. “It also enables reading of 3-D and tomosynthesis exams on our native PACS [picture archiving and communication system] workstations, which lowers costs and enhances efficiency.”

The group provides radiologists for onsite reading at facilities with larger imaging volumes, as well as radiologists who perform remote reading and provide after-hours support.

Mazzella added that now radiologists who read from home experience the same rapid response times when accessing current and prior imaging studies and patient data as those who read at an imaging provider’s site.

“Teleradiology is a significant part of our workflow and our radiologists’ accurate and responsive reporting has allowed us to maintain contracts with hospitals for dozens of years. We partner with the imaging services providers we serve and work very hard to make sure that we understand and address their needs,” Mazzella explained.  

The organization implemented the Carestream enterprise viewer a few months ago to equip physicians with the ability to access patient images and clinical data on iPads and other U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved mobile devices. The viewer offers convenient access to a patient’s current and past imaging exams and clinical history that can include videos, waveforms and reports.   

“Today more than 100 physicians use the Vue Motion enterprise viewer to review imaging studies on their iPads and other mobile devices,” noted Robert Cannistra, the group’s director of information technology (IT). “These physicians contact radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons or other specialists to ask questions or discuss unusual findings, which can help enhance patient care.”

Cannistra added that the use of Carestream’s enterprise viewer “has significantly improved physicians’ overall satisfaction with Radiologic Associates’ imaging services.”

Radiologic Associates stores 100 terabytes of radiology images on Carestream’s enterprise archive module of its Clinical Collaboration Platform, which offers secure primary and secondary systems to ensure 24/7/365 access. A load balancer allows a seamless transfer between primary and secondary systems when needed.

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