Reducing medical data silos is important for a number of reasons. If data is siloed and medical images can’t be readily accessed where and when needed, staff members may spend valuable time searching for and sending them. That leaves providers with less time to care for patients. If an image must be retaken, healthcare costs will increase and the patient’s radiation exposure will go up, which may lead to a reduction in quality of care and most likely harm patient satisfaction.
Data silos are a problem for health systems around the country. However, there are strategies available that can help healthcare teams eliminate medical data silos and access the images they need when and where they’re needed.
1. Utilize Web-Based Access
One strategy to help eliminate medical data silos is by allowing web-based access to medical images. Web-based access allows healthcare specialists at separate facilities, referring physicians and other providers to view critical patient images from wherever they are. Physicians who have the information they need when they need it are better positioned to provide optimal care to their patients.
Read the rest of this article, including strategies 2 and 3 -- Integrate images with the EHR and Adopt a VNA -- on McKesson's blog http://www.medicalimagingtalk.com/4962/3-ways-to-help-eliminate-medical-data-silos/
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