Renewal of PACS provides new opportunities
The impending renewal of MedView, the Asprya PACS system, was the catalyst that York Hospital needed to invest into a dedicated reporting platform. After opting for Carestream PACS, Dan and the Radiology team decided that key elements of workflow needing addressing – predominately the untimely audio transcription stage and reliability of the legacy digital dictation system. The criteria for the assistive system was clear – York Hospital needed a fully-fledged reporting system with an intuitive workflow offering. The solution had to provide accurate VR (voice recognition) to replace the “tiered” process of audio typing and therefore quicken document turnaround and, importantly, had to integrate seamlessly with the Trust’s HIS, CPD. After evaluating several vendors, York Hospital chose Reporting+ from UK and Australia based Radiology Information Systems (RIS) solutions developer, Soliton IT. Reporting+ is a clinical reporting module extracted from Soliton’s leading RIS solution, Radiology+. This singular module can be applied into Trust’s respective RIS (in York’s case, the CPD system) to bring benefits of a modern reporting workflow with fully functional VR. Typically used within Radiology, Pathology and Cardiology departments, Reporting+ offers extensive workflow monitoring as well as practically extending the capacity of a pre-installed RIS within a Trust by supplying additional reporting features to a site which is not in a position to replace their existing RIS.
Optimised workflow and VR with Reporting+
York Hospital was impressed with the application and deployed the solution into both their York and Scarborough Radiology departments. Users found that the platform interface was particularly easy to use and perfectly functional with workflow monitoring live dashboards for departmental management overviews. The statistics element was also a key feature; interactive graphical statistical analysis allowed the Radiology department to draw on customisable reports to calculate and display divisional operations and performances. However it was the extent of measurable workflow organisation allowed by Reporting+ which proved most beneficial. Prioritisation and organisation of pending tasks meant that records could be fast-tracked intra-departmentally to prioritise patient tests/screening and secretaries could continue to administer clerical tasks within Reporting+ by applying their own context adaptions accordingly. The new VR engine, SpeechMagic formulated by Nuance, optimised the department’s functionality with its voice-to-text function and therefore eliminated the time restraints of the previous audio transcription process. The VR application provided accurate and clinical contexts – UK Radiology terminology – were pre-embedded into the software to enable even quicker creation of reports and the technology is now used by over 100-staff throughout the Trust.