Tulsa Clinic Converts From Film To Fully Featured Digital Workflow With CARESTREAM RIS-PACS, DR System

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 30 —  A large multi-physician clinic in Tulsa, Okla., ordered a CARESTREAM RIS/PACS, a DIRECTVIEW DR 7500 Digital Radiography System and a CARESTREAM DRYVIEW 5850 printer from Carestream Health. The Indian Health Care Resource Center (IHCRC) chose this digital imaging and information management solution to achieve more responsive patient care and higher staff productivity.

The center is converting from film and paper to an all-digital workflow as part of an expansion that will nearly double the size of the main clinic to 52,000 square feet. IHCRC houses 130 healthcare professionals including 47 licensed providers comprised of physicians, dentists, optometrists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and others that handle more than 100,000 patient visits a year.

“The new digital imaging system and RIS/PACS will allow us to improve our on-site workflow and communicate electronically with remote radiologists. Imaging studies can be easily accessed at on-site workstations and radiology reports will be available within a day instead of the lengthy process required to courier film images,” said Carmelita Skeeter, Chief Executive Officer of the IHCRC.

A DR 7500 system provides high-resolution images in seconds, speeding the exam process and eliminating the delay required to process film. “Since the Bucky comes out of the table, we will gain enhanced positioning for a variety of exams including extremities, standing feet and patella exams, as well as decubitus views of the chest to check for fluid in the lungs,” reports Karen McAhren, AART, radiology supervisor at IHCRC.

In the past, film studies from the center would be driven across town each day for reading by Diagnostic Imaging Associates’ radiologists at Oklahoma State University of Tulsa. Now digital imaging studies and radiology reports will be communicated electronically.

“After evaluating several RIS/PACS systems, we selected Carestream Health’s solution because it combines highly advanced features with ease of use,” said Eddie Hathcoat, the center’s Chief Operating Officer. “The RIS will improve the efficiency of patient scheduling and clinical access to patient information, while the PACS will enable physicians to view reports and imaging studies from multiple workstations.”

The clinic previously had a single reading room, which made it difficult for physicians to view film studies simultaneously due to space constraints.

IHCRC also ordered a CARESTREAM DRYVIEW 5850 Laser Imager to allow patients to carry their film exams to healthcare providers that do not have digital display capabilities.

More information on digital medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions from Carestream Health that can lower costs and improve patient care can be found at www.carestreamhealth.com.


About the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa
The Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. (IHCRC) provides quality, comprehensive health care to Tulsa area Indian people. IHCRC is a comprehensive not-for-profit health care facility, governed by a local volunteer Board of Trustees. It provides medical, health education, dental, optometry, behavioral health, chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS prevention and pharmacy services directly to the Tulsa Indian community. Quality health care is provided on a sliding scale fee basis. Members of any federally recognized tribe and their children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive care. No one is refused services due to inability to pay.

About Carestream Health
Carestream Health is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-
destructive testing market. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestreamhealth.com.

CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health