“Everyone has a PACS system, everyone burns CDs, and complains about accessibility problems. With Virtual CD, increased physician collaboration, patient satisfaction and a more positive patient care outcome than would have previously been achieved,” says
These enhancements mean
“As we took these steps, we found that the old method for putting radiology images on a CD meant we had problems sending them to other physicians who couldn’t open them, and patients couldn’t control their data,” says Neal. “That’s when we found Offsite Image Management’s solution in both image archiving and in a Virtual CD product.”
For the past several years, Offsite Image Management, a data sharing and recovery company for rural hospitals, has been solving the problems associated with sharing and storing patient images on traditional CDs. These include the cumbersome and expensive process of burning the CDs on special equipment, as well as requiring a technician to carry out the task. Once images are burned and sent via mail to recipients, they are often unreadable both to the patient and the physician, due to problems with compatibility and software used on different machines. Ultimately, the hospital’s efficiency and level of patient care were affected – thus the creation of Offsite’s Virtual CD and vendor neutral archiving solutions.
Through data archiving and the virtual CD, Neal says Hood is now archiving their patient images through
For Hood, the process also meant they could turn more attention from their radiology technician to caring for patients and reading images – and there would be less time involved with the process of sharing and storing images.
“Our in-house radiologist can actually view and assess patient images from anywhere he has access to a Wifi connection. He doesn’t have to stay in the radiology office all the time, so he has more of an opportunity to move through patient images. He can always come back in when necessary for more intense image reading, and down the road as we move further into the process, we’ll have the ability to give patients easy access to their image records when necessary,” says Neal.
From a cost perspective, Neal also notes that Hood has seen increased efficiencies and more streamlined service, especially since the
Like any technology upgrade to a rural hospital, service and follow-through are critically important as the process unfolds. Neal notes that the service from
“You can send an email to
To date, Hood has archived more than 4,000 patient exams in the cloud with Offsite Image Management. They have utilized virtual CD for nearly 40 patients, which include multiple exams per patient. “With these solutions, there’s no reason a rural hospital can’t provide the same level of technology and service as a major metropolis,” says Neal.
For critical technology, more rural hospitals are turning to
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