Guest Post: Philip Ward, Editor-in-Chief, AuntMinnieEurope.com
Israel- home to some of the most advanced medical information technology systems in the world – doesn’t always get the coverage it deserves in the global medical media. The country’s well equipped, modern and efficient hospitals should get more attention for their use of innovative technology to improve patient care.
Our associate editor Frances Rylands-Monk recently investigated Israel’s Clalit Health Services’ digital radiology workflow. The world’s second largest HMO with a nationwide network of 14 hospitals, 39 imaging centres, 1,400 clinics, 400 pharmacies, 37 children’s health centres and 32 women’s health centres serves more than four million members.
Dr. Arnon Makori, director of imaging IT and PACS; Dr. Ziv Rosenbaum, director of medical technology; and Dr. Ehud Davidson, head of hospital division, shared their experience with implementing and using PACS to centrally manage and access information from any location for more than five million procedures annually,
How has PACS equated to better patient care?
In this figure, doctors were able to save the life of a 40-year-old patient following a road traffic accident. CT angiography at Meir Medical Center (level II trauma) demonstrated a contained but life-threatening traumatic rupture of the aorta. Meir emergency room doctors needed a consultation with the cardiothoracic unit in Rabin Medical Center (level I trauma). Using the PACS, both groups were able to view in real-time the CT study containing 2,000 images (1,000 MB of imaging data). The advanced visualization tools embedded in the PACS made it possible to complete the diagnosis and surgical planning faster.
Israel’s experience with digital radiology systems and trauma imaging is a great example of the power of patient-centric enterprise imaging management – we’re happy to give it the attention it deserves.
Frances’ two articles have been devoured by our readers. We hope you’ll benefit from Clalit’s knowledge and tips for your PACS implementation.
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