Maximizing imaging through collaboration
Outside of radiology, the effects are also being felt. “The collaboration and conferencing tools are much appreciated. For example, when preparing multi-disciplinary oncology consultations, everyone can review the imaging exams ahead of time,” comments Prof Achten.
And with the XERO Universal Viewer integrated in the electronic health record (EHR), clinicians can open an exam and immediately see the results. Pieter Devolder: “XERO is now being used for all DICOM images, including ultrasound. We plan to extend this to all images – including those captured with mobile devices (smartphones or tablets), such as in the dermatology department.”
From ‘diagnostician’ to ‘physician consultant’
With Enterprise Imaging up and running, Prof Dr Eric Achten is confident about meeting current and future needs. “There is no doubt that the radiologist’s role will change: from ‘simply’ diagnosticians to physician consultants.
We need to be prepared. We are confident that we are working with the right partner, who can offer a future-proof system and help us to integrate new technologies and tools in our workflow and hospital-wide image management environment.”