As the radiology community makes sense of the final stage 2 meaningful use rules many provider CIOs, CMIO and radiology department heads are looking closer at their CEHRT image access strategy.
In the final rule, CMS set a threshold of 10 percent or more of imaging results accessible through certified EHR technology, with exclusions for providers who order less than 100 scans in an EHR reporting period, and for providers who do not have access to electronic images.
CMS also clarified that images do not have to be stored in the EHR, but there must be a link to where the image and information can be accessed. This important measure provides easy access to patient images to reduce the ordering of duplicate, unnecessary exams, minimize exposure to radiation and help contain healthcare costs.
To prepare for compliance with stage 2, providers will now need to identify how they will merge EMR systems with RIS and PACS to enable image sharing and collaboration for improved care coordination.
One avenue to satisfy meaningful use criterion is a zero-footprint viewer than can serve as an intermediary between the RIS/PACS and EMR. To fulfill this potential, the viewer must be available remotely to enhance physician access to all PACS images. It must allow embedding in an EMR system to provide access to reports and images alongside the patient’s other medical information. Moreover, the viewer must provide access to DICOM, as well as non-DICOM image related data, such as JPEG images and PDF documents. The viewer’s use must not be restricted to a single IT-system or facility, but offer extensive compatibility to provide secure access to images across and beyond the enterprise—for physicians and patients alike.
Carestream’s Vue Motion vendor-neutral imaging viewer can be embedded in EMR and HIS portals to access images contained in the PACS, thereby image-enabling the enterprise. The viewer can be launched without calling up a separate application or logging into another system. Alternatively, it can be launched in a separate window without requiring a separate log-in, using a URL from within the system. It leverages the PACS server to do the vast majority of the rendering, thereby significantly reducing the volume of data to be transmitted. And, because rendering is done on the server side, there are no data storage requirements on the zero-footprint side. Features like the display of current and prior images side-by-side and the ability for clinicians to input order notes to the exam can facilitate better collaboration between referring physicians, specialists and other clinicians. Here’s a quick demo of how our Vue Motion works:
Are you evaluating zero-footprint image viewers as a piece of your strategy for stage 2?