Cloud-Based Radiology File-Sharing System Speeds Physicians’ Review of Patient Data
San Diego, November 23, 2010—eMix™, a business venture incubated by DR Systems, announced that its cloud-based technology for sharing imaging studies and reports is now being used at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (VCUMC) in Richmond, Va.
VCUMC is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in central Virginia. Many of its patient cases are emergency transfers from other medical facilities in which timely treatment is a very high priority.
eMix is helping to improve clinical care at VCUMC by replacing the transfer of radiology images and reports on CDs, a slow, labor-intensive process that sometimes fails technologically.
“eMix allows radiologists to interpret imaging studies of transfer patients prior to their arrival at our hospital. In addition, it avoids the inherent problems in dealing with radiology images and reports on CDs,” said Ann S. Fulcher, M.D. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and Director of Abdominal Imaging.
VCUMC is currently receiving radiology images and reports from four medical organizations:
Community Memorial Hospital (South Hill, Va.)
eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (Rochester, N.Y.)
Halifax Regional Hospital (South Boston, Va.)
Rappahannock General Hospital(Kilmarnock, Va.)
eMix, which stands for Electronic Medical Information Exchange, enables secure sharing of images and reports among disparate institutions and physicians via the Internet. As a vendor-neutral based technology, eMix makes possible the near-instantaneous transfer of imaging and other medical data, even between information technology (IT) systems that don’t normally “talk to each other.”
VCUMC has found eMix especially valuable to its trauma care mission. Bruce Mathern, M.D. described a case in which an elderly woman who had fallen was transferred to VCUMC after being imaged at another hospital in the region. “Having images ahead of time using eMix allowed us to plan and prepare for this patient’s treatment and deliver care quickly and efficiently when she arrived at the hospital,” said Dr. Mathern, a VCUMC neurosurgeon.
Before VCUMC began using eMix in Spring 2010, referring facilities usually transferred radiology data to it on CDs. The process was costly in terms of labor and mailing fees and slow in medical terms, even when the CDs were sent by courier or express mail. If the CD was transferred with the patient, then it was useless for treatment planning before the patient’s arrival.
The process failed technologically at times, too. In one recent case, a patient was sent to the medical center from another facility, accompanied by a CD containing the patient’s imaging studies and radiology reports. VCUMC was unable to open the CD and download the data because it was in an incompatible format. So the imaging studies that had been conducted and evaluated just the day before had to be redone.
“It would have been much better if we had received the images via eMix,” said Geoffrey Chestnut, VCUMC Radiology Business Development Manager. “In cases like this, eMix eliminates the extra cost of re-imaging and protects the patient from unnecessary radiation exposure.”
Using eMix is as simple as using email. The vendor-neutral technology eliminates the need for provider facilities to burn CDs, print films, or fax reports. Because eMix is a cloud-based, hosted service, hospitals and other healthcare providers do not need to purchase or maintain any additional hardware or software.
eMix is a business venture incubated by DR Systems, one of the most respected names in healthcare information systems. Electronic Medical Information Exchange (eMix) is cloud-based technology developed for sharing medical imaging studies and reports between disparate healthcare facilities and physicians with the speed and simplicity of email. eMix will also facilitate the inclusion of patient images into electronic medical records (EMRs) and patients’ personal healthcare records (PHRs).
The business-to-business capability of eMix will be followed with the launch of a patient portal for business-to-consumer data exchanges, as well as a long-term storage feature with highly flexible user-driven storage rules and options. For more information, visit www.eMix.com or call 877-EMIX-MED (877-364-9633).
About DR Systems, Inc.
DR Systems, Inc. is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for hospitals, integrated healthcare networks and diagnostic imaging centers. For more than 18 years, the company has helped over 600 hospitals and imaging center sites lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating film costs, and increasing workflow speed, while providing better clinical quality and patient care. For more information, visit www.dominator.com or call 800-794-5955.