University of Iowa Health Care, based in Iowa City, Iowa, has purchased the Vue Motion enterprise viewer, lesion management, and mammography/tomography software from Rochester, N.Y.-based Carestream to augment the capabilities of its existing CARESTREAM Clinical Collaboration Platform.
“We need a fully featured enterprise viewer that can support rapid, reliable image access by the thousands of physicians we serve,” says Maia Hightower, MD, chief medical information officer and clinical assistant professor at University of Iowa Health Care. “This new viewer will be integrated with our Epic EMR to deliver images to University of Iowa clinicians, referring physicians, and other clinicians, as well as patients.”
Carestream’s Vue Archive module stores images from multiple applications and a backup Carestream data center manages images during system upgrades and provides redundancy to help ensure continuous uptime.
“Our organization is transferring additional data onto the Clinical Collaboration Platform’s Vue Archive module to deliver easy access to users and better leverage this investment,” Hightower adds. “This allows us to reduce operating costs while ensuring responsive service to users.”
The healthcare system also is implementing Carestream’s lesion management application to help enhance assessment of oncology patients with quantitative measurements, bookmarking, and comparisons over time to aid oncologists’ diagnostic and treatment decision-making.
Adding Carestream’s mammography/tomography module will equip physicians to read these images on PACS workstations and eliminate use of standalone mammography workstations.
The University of Iowa Health Care’s Vue Archive enterprise repository stores radiology images, cardiology catheterization images from a dedicated cardio PACS and echo images from a separate PACS. It maintains both a production data center and a backup data center to supply redundancy and ensure access to patient data.