Agfa HealthCare and UMass Memorial Medical Center today announced the go-live implementation of the latest version of Agfa HealthCare's Enterprise Imaging platform at multiple campuses of the large academic and regional health system. The implementation creates seamless integrated workflows between the latest release of the Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging solution and the health system's EHR, completing the digital patient record. The Enterprise Imaging solution consolidates hardware, storage, and software, and enables any provider in the system with secure access to clinically relevant imaging data for collaboration and consultation. Five separate PACSs, including services previously in place for over 12 years, were smoothly consolidated into a single solution, resulting in both clinical and IT operational efficiencies.
The Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging solution is purpose-built, based on the company's vision that images should be an organizational asset used by health systems to help reach the mandates of value-based care, population health management, and meet the challenges of demanding reimbursement environments. The platform is designed to enable UMass Memorial to realize results of efficient imaging processes for Radiology and Cardiology users, as well as the growing number of multispecialty imaging producers and consumers across the enterprise.
Agfa HealthCare managed the demanding project in conjunction with the UMass Memorial team, which required months of planning for governance, IT, and change management. UMass Memorial Health Care CIO Tim Tarnowski says his system's recent Agfa HealthCare and EHR go-live could be a model for change management, calling it, “the smoothest go-live that I've ever been a part of. The intent of the integrated imaging platform is to allow us to reduce the number of redundant systems and databases we need to maintain, bringing value and efficiency across our care settings.” UMass Memorial's Enterprise Imaging implementation is designed to consume and display over 18 million images per year.
“Our new Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging solution will allow us to have a single integrated platform for all Radiology, Cardiology, OB ultrasound and Vascular Surgery imaging modalities across the UMass healthcare delivery system,” says Max P. Rosen MD MPH, professor and chairman, department of radiology, UMass Memorial Medical Center. “With this go-live, we are beginning to optimize the solution's flexible design and its native and embedded clinical applications. Going forward, Enterprise Imaging will also help us advance our commitment to academic excellence by using its built-in academic workflows and teaching support.”
UMass Memorial, like most healthcare systems in the United States, face cost pressure in providing access to, and delivering quality healthcare. The network chose to consolidate imaging IT systems across multiple sites in order to improve the delivery of care, reduce risk to data integrity, and eliminate waste of financial and human resources supporting redundant systems. The massively scalable Enterprise Imaging platform consists of modular services including a highly customizable task-based workflow tool designed for Radiologists and Cardiologists to enable optimal efficiency and effectiveness in reading imaging studies, as well as Image Exchange, VNA, web-based XERO® universal image viewer, and standardized Departmental workflows, which allow all image-producing service lines to capture and associate imaging studies with an episode of care.
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Agfa HealthCare, present in one hospital out of two, is a leading provider of eHealth & Digital Imaging solutions. Care organizations in over 100 countries rely on Agfa HealthCare to optimize their efficiency and improve patient care.
About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 13,000 employees and 1,700 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedic and surgery programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care. Visit www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org .
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