By enabling high performance, such as rapid case-routing and image pre-fetching regardless of location or bandwidth, IntelePACS has also provided SimonMed with a great deal of options when expanding their business.
“For SimonMed, one of IntelePACS’ strengths is that it doesn’t impede our acquisition process,” says Joe King, Director of IT, SimonMed. “The fact that we do not have to worry about whether or not we can deploy the PACS into geographically disparate areas provides us remarkable freedom in who we decide to acquire.”
Committed to delivering high-quality patient care, SimonMed’s deployment of IntelePACS to newly-acquired imaging groups allows the organization to leverage new staff members’ subspecialties, essentially making them a large teleradiology network.
At the same time, using a single instance of IntelePACS provides a bird’s-eye view of the entire organization, allowing it to easily manage all of their imaging centers and regions together. This is true not only for management and benchmarking, but from a case routing perspective, as the solution allows SimonMed to maintain a central worklist and filter orders that need to be read immediately or route to subspecialists.
“The unification of the system has allowed us to do a lot better job of managing all of our companies and regions,” says Diehn. “It allows us to see things that are happening in each place –where radiologists need more work, or where they may be getting a little overwhelmed.”
For SimonMed’s radiologists, IntelePACS drives performance through its speed of image transfer, functionality, and collaboration tools, allowing them to significantly raise their productivity while rapidly delivering high-quality reports.
“The success we’ve had with IntelePACS is demonstrated by the volume and velocity at which our radiologist can read while maintaining a high level of patient care,” says King. “In terms of productivity, we had a region with 11 radiologists using a competing PACS who were being out-read by one radiologist using IntelePACS.”
King attributes these productivity gains to a number of items, most notably IntelePACS’ user experience. He notes that with IntelePACS’ ease of use toolset, radiologists have everything they need at their fingertips, and don’t have to work between various applications or live in their email.