With radiologists now able to read from a single InteleOne workstation, as opposed to an array of legacy systems, the efficiency gains quickly became apparent.
“From day one, there was an immediate improvement,” says Dr. Andrew Mills, a musculoskeletal radiologist with AMIC. “As we have gotten more comfortable with the system, we’re seeing it much more. It’s much more fluid for our group.”
According to Dr. Chris Fleener, a radiologist with AMIC and the group’s current president, the switch to InteleOne has provided the biggest efficiency gains in his ten years with the organization.
“InteleOne saves me an hour per day,” says Dr. Fleener. “It also gets rid of the feeling that 20 percent of my day is spent bouncing between IT systems and not being a radiologist.”
In addition to allowing radiologists to read more studies per hour, the efficiency gains provided by InteleOne have helped radiologists improve the quality of their work as well. For Dr. Fleener, the ability to work from a single workstation itself is highly beneficial, stating that “any time we’re not interrupted and don’t have to move from one system to another, we’re less likely to miss things.”
AMIC’s radiologists have also greatly benefited from the Intelerad Master Patient Index (MPI) built into their InteleOne deployment. The MPI indexes the patient information from all of the disparate PACS that InteleOne connects with, and stores it in a database. When a radiologist opens a new case, a search of the database is automatically conducted and provides the option to view images and information that the system has determined to be relevant.