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Welcome to PIII

Medical Informatics and Information Technology sit at the core of every Imaging Department. They play a very important role in large academic centers like YNHH/YM and in complex health care organizations where system-wide integration, practice standardization and clinical innovation are pillars of excellence in standard patient care.

During the past three years, the office of the Vice Chair of Informatics has made a priority the overhaul of all our clinical information systems, thus creating a robust infrastructure to support the growth of clinical, educational and research activities, while at the same time positioning the department in a strong leadership role among academic institutions in the country. The past years’ informatics initiatives include:

Completing the PACS replacement from legacy systems to state of the art Visage/Primordial PACS.

Updating the voice recognition system, Powerscribe.

Addressing multiple Epic optimization projects, including: efficiencies, appropriateness and reimbursement.

Developing a customized analytics dashboard for each clinical section to support operations and staffing decisions.

Implementing new report templates.

Deploying Clinical Decision Support throughout the YNHH System.

These activities would not have been possible without the collaboration and disciplined work of countless champions by IT personnel and the committees they formed. With a solid infrastructure now in place, the office of Imaging Informatics turns its attention for the next three years to creating an administrative structure to facilitate the continuous growth of Imaging Informatics in the department and serve as a springboard for innovation. The following pages offer a detailed road map to support such vision.

Initiatives

  • The utility and advantages of Visage and Primordial have become apparent to our health system. Our early-mover advantage and successful on-site demonstrations of the technology to outside institutions have allowed us to develop strong relationships with Visage leadership and engineers. These relationships will be leveraged to address several initiatives, driven by faculty and residents, as well as potential improvements to the existing product.
  • Abundant clinical information resides in Epic. However, accessing pertinent patient data in a streamlined fashion remains elusive to the practicing radiologist because it is both frustrating and time consuming. Yet, this must be done to ensure optimal study protocoling, Clinical decision support as well as image interpretation.
  • Radiologist create value by generating reports. These reports are the primary communication of our work and take large amounts of time and attention. New technology and software can make our reporting more efficient and accurate and move our communications from simple lines of text to documents that include pictures and links to improve the value of Radiologist’s interpretations.

  • Informatics tools have the potential to optimize many of the Radiology department’s workflows. New software and approaches can improve the quality and function of our administrators and improve the patient experience