‘Enterprise imaging’ is one of the most popular topics within healthcare IT circles today, and it’s no surprise why as within these two simple words lies a lot of potential. Enterprise imaging promises to tear down the silos that traditionally existed between disparate healthcare providers, departments, and facilities. It promises to create a truly unified patient record that is centrally managed and accessible by care providers and patients alike, in real-time. And, it promises to do all this while reducing costs and improving operational efficiency.
Such a state would finally allow patient records to be truly portable, enabling patients to assume ownership of their medical records and empowering them with the flexibility and freedom of choice to navigate the healthcare system with greater ease. As well, care providers would be equipped with critical insights into their patients’ medical conditions and history directly at the point-of-care, allowing them to make timely and informed decisions that ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes and preventative care initiatives.
So why then is Enterprise Imaging still a topic of discussion, and not yet a widely adopted reality?
While the vision is straightforward, the path there is considerably less-so. Every healthcare organization is different, every vendor is different, and it seems that most of the time there are more questions than answers. Should we go with a single vendor that offers a consolidated platform, or pursue a ‘best-of-breed’ strategy that allows us to pick and choose my favourite solutions? Should we update or replace our systems all at once, or take a more progressive approach that leverages our existing infrastructure? Should we host solutions ourselves, or consider a cloud-based and vendor-managed alternative?
Successfully deploying a centrally-managed enterprise platform that intelligently aggregates diverse imaging data from across the care continuum has broad implications and requires a carefully orchestrated approach to solution design that includes a thoughtful analysis of your current situation inline with your unique near and long-term goals.
Our Six Tenets of Enterprise Imaging provides a roadmap that can methodically guide you through the process of developing a complete Enterprise Imaging strategy that is tailored to your unique needs. While it may not provide all the answers up front, it breaks down the key components for success into manageable and actionable steps that consider your workflows, resources, and budget:
- Governance: ensures you have the people and processes in place to make informed and timely decisions
- Enterprise Platform: addresses the technologies required to build a scalable and performant foundation
- Workflow: enables efficient task orchestration and communication between providers and systems
- Visualization: delivers unencumbered access to images and tools to care providers across the care continuum
- Exchange: allows secure sharing of critical patient information with outside provider or payer networks
- Analytics: unlocks the clinical and business insights hidden across your enterprise
To see the big picture, download our infographic. To learn more about each tenet subscribe to our blog, where we will be discussing the key considerations and implications of each in turn.