Integrated radiology workflow solutions driving operational efficiency

Optimizing clinical workflows can help eliminate waste and allow hospitals to use their resources more efficiently, which translates into improved patient flow and delivery of higher quality care to patients.  At ECR, Philips will spotlight its advanced technology to simplify and connect workflows to help reduce variability and staff workload, drive operational efficiency, and enhance the patient experience. Solutions include the new Advanced Visualization Workspace, featuring more than 70 clinical applications for first-time right clinical insights and proven cost savings.  The AI-based data pre-processing of the platform saves five hours of work per week, equating to a cost savings of $85,000 per year [11].  

Additional AI-powered solutions featured at ECR include Radiology Workflow Orchestrator (embedded in Image Management – Vue PACS), comprised of intelligent algorithms that automatically determine and deliver the right case to the most appropriate available radiologists, based on their area of expertise availability and current workload, to efficiently balance caseloads and accelerate reading times with a 50% improvement in productivity and 40% decrease in average reporting time [12]. 

Philips will also demonstrate how its tele-radiology technology provides access to radiology expertise where and when needed through innovative solutions including Imaging Orchestrator – ROCC, a vendor-neutral, multi-modality, multi-site telepresence solution that provides advanced tele-acquisition capabilities and seamlessly connects imaging experts at a command center with technologists at scanners across locations. Also featured at ECR is Ultrasound Collaboration Live [13], available on Philips’ EPIQ Elite and Affiniti ultrasound platforms. Ultrasound teams can securely talk, text, screen-share, and video stream directly from their ultrasound system to a PC or mobile device, allowing them to extend their team without expanding it, with 100% of patients stating they have had better access to healthcare through tele-ultrasound delivered by Collaboration Live [14].

Image Management -Vue PACS provides web-enabled diagnostic viewing to help drive efficient workflows and easy image sharing capability from a single source of imaging information used to create the Imaging Health Record, drive value and support decision-making.

Radiology Information System (RIS) 11.6 (embedded in Image Management – Vue PACS), is a zero-footprint, administrative and clinical workflow management solution that allows the entire radiology department and ancillary users, to enter, store, view, manage and transfer patient information with a quick and easy-to-use system.  The newest release of RIS (v. 11.6) expands patient-oriented functionalities including dedicated access for arriving patients in the hospital and conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The Patient Assistant application allows patients to schedule their own exams, and the Patient Kiosk application gives them the opportunity to sign-in when they arrive at your facility.  

Enterprise Performance Analytics (embedded in Image Management – Vue PACS), formerly known as PerformanceBridge, is a portfolio of vendor-neutral real-time data analytics and workflow solutions designed to empower health systems to improve operational performance and reduce costs, while building and sustaining continuous improvement. Integrating data from multiple industry-standard sources (such as HL7, DICOM and other structured data sources) into one platform allows for a comprehensive real-time view across the healthcare enterprise. Data aggregation enables AI generated best-case scenarios, predictive budgeting, staffing mix/modelling, and right-size fleet projections.

AI in the workflow (embedded in Image Management – Vue PACS) combines the power of AI with deep clinical knowledge to create solutions that integrate into the workflows of healthcare providers and people’s daily health routines. AI-enabled PACS provides automatic analysis of medical data and extraction of relevant information to generate meaningful – and actionable – insights that enable more precise and personalized patient care. It also allows access to a large portfolio of validated third party AI algorithms that integrate seamlessly in the existing radiology workflow.  
Interactive Multimedia Reporting (embedded in Image Management – Vue PACS) helps to cut reporting turnaround times and eliminates the need for typing and entry of patient or clinical context. This single-user interface for reading images and reporting includes speech recognition, editing, and the ability to embed key images for side-by-side comparison. Easily view bookmarked findings as part of the entire imaging study. Auto population of DICOM and HL7 data, voice dictation and ability to include hyperlinks to prior studies and key images and graphs in the report, providing rich clinical insights for faster and more accurate decision-making.  Exam data can be inserted directly into reports, enabling radiologists to quickly review and approve final reports while adding clinical context for referring physicians.

MR Workspace is an industry-unique control room engine that delivers quality and efficiency easily scalable across the enterprise without compromising quality. This intuitive, AI-enabled [15] solution is designed to simplify the path from image acquisition to diagnosis to empower care teams to drive productivity and predictability for a smooth-running department.


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