Dr. Marco Foracchia, Medical IT Systems Manager, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy, gave an online presentation as part of HIMSS Europe’s participation at ECR 2015 earlier in March. The presentation focused on residual radiology IT needs and how facilities should go about managing this low quantity, yet highly-specialized data.
Most of the residual data is media in the form of images, video, traces, etc. These media are emerging now because of three reasons:
- Clinical pathways providing access to all evidence for all professionals involved
- Regulatory legislation requires all data to be readily available in case of patient request
- Research requires evidence-based medicine
The clinical pathway is key and includes the following:
- Referral from periphery to competency center
- Collective evaluation of all available evidence
- Comparison of evidence from previous events/different patients
Dr. Foracchia and his organization partnered with Carestream to sponsor and perform a one-year survey of all potential data (media) sources in the hospital—managed, improperly managed, and currently managed.
The remainder of his presentation at ECR went through this study and explained the findings. Dr. Foracchia touched on how radiology may be the solution to managing this residual data since radiologists have been managing data (images) for the last 20 years. The positives and negatives of having radiology lead this change were both be presented, and will leave it up to you, the viewer, to decide on what the right decision is for your organisation.
Dr. Foracchia ended by saying that Reggio Emilia is currently going through a number of projects that will force the organization to address its present and future challenges. This includes gradually extending the number of data sources connected to the central vendor neutral archive, immediately connecting all DICOM sources, and gradually connecting all other non-DICOM sources. The plan is to connect all DICOM sources by end of 2015, and connect all non-DICOM sources by the end of 2016.
The entire presentation has been embedded below for viewing.