PACS key to integrated patient experience
One goal of the PACS project was for patients to experience UCHealth as a single entity, rather than a collection of disparate parts. Peter Sachs, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Section Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging and Vice Chair of Informatics, Department of Radiology, and Radiology Physician Informaticist, UCHealth, explains that image accessibility, regardless of location, is one of the ways that patients experience a unified health system.
“From a health system perspective, any patient should be able to get identical, high quality, standardized care any place in the system – and PACS is part of that,” he says. “Standardizing imaging protocols, workflow, and the structure and content of reports is essential, as is making sure clinicians can see prior studies and historical records.”
Now that six million radiology images and 30,000 cardiology studies have migrated to Philips IntelliSpace PACS and Xcelera, radiologists and cardiologists can view a patient’s prior images as well as new studies on a single patient timeline, regardless of where those images were acquired in the health system.