Memorial Medical Center, based in Neillsville, Wis., has installed the latest version of Carestream’s Vue Radiology PACS and Vue Motion enterprise viewer as part of Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform to help onsite and remote physicians enhance patient care. Memorial Medical Center is a critical access hospital with a Level 3 trauma center. .
“This enterprise imaging platform delivers exceptional functionality and advanced tools,” says Paul Harmer, imaging department manager at Memorial Medical Center. “When using the enterprise viewer, surgeons and other specialists can securely view a patient’s imaging studies on their mobile device or any remote Internet-enabled workstation to determine how urgent the patient’s condition is. Then we decide whether our staff should treat the patient or refer them to another hospital.”
The enterprise viewer also is embedded within the hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) so referring physicians can access both patient images and reports along with the entire patient record. “A clinician looks at a report and clicks on a link that launches Vue Motion, which delivers current and prior exams for immediate review,” says Harmer. “Our physicians are able to deliver a rapid diagnosis with confidence.”
When reading from the PACS, the diagnostic viewer equips radiologists to customize their worklist and hanging protocols for greater efficiency and convenience.
In addition to radiology, the enterprise imaging platform also manages ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, and PET/CT exams. The enterprise viewer serves general and orthopaedic surgeons, as well as internal medicine, ob/gyn, and family practice physicians. Cardiac, ENT, urology, and other specialists also review patient information using the viewer.
The hospital recently implemented a new EMR that required changing medical record numbers for all patient files for the past 8 years. “Carestream planned and handled this complicated conversion, and all the data was transferred without any problems,” according to Harmer.
Memorial Medical Center also uses Carestream’s Vue RIS with digital dictation and Carestream Vue Cloud Services.