eRAD’s architecture supports the intelligent staging of studies in a distributed reading environment, as well as system redundancy.
Radiology Software for Your Practice
Radiologists stationed in a distributed reading enterprise (reading from a global imaging worklist) must have fast access to studies acquired locally—without waiting for the entire study data to be transmitted to the central server. This is particularly important in settings where bandwidth is limited or unreliable and where the study size is large (such as acute care settings) or needs to be reviewed immediately upon acquisition.
eRAD Child Servers allow images acquired locally to be read and reported immediately—without sending the entire study data to the central server. eRAD’s study redirection workflow means that studies are accessed from the child server of the site where the study was acquired.
That child server holds a full copy of eRAD radiology software, so that the complete toolset—dictation, reporting, patient folders, protocols—is directly available. Even priors can be held at the child server.
Meanwhile, the metadata for the study (relatively small in comparison to the study data) is transmitted in near real-time to the global worklist for immediate knowledge of, and access to, the study by other remote sites. Eventually all study data can be propagated up to the central server for archiving and disaster recovery.
This radiology software architecture ensures that work continues even if connectivity to the parent/global worklist server is lost. If connectivity is broken between the remote site and the main server, users at the remote site can simply log directly onto the local child server and read and report until connectivity is restored. Then all study information, statuses, medical reports, etc. are automatically propagated up to the central server and reconciled with the main system.
Intelligent Study Redirection elegantly solves issues of latency and system redundancy in high-volume settings with network traffic. In addition, eRAD Child Servers perform all of the functions of an Integrated DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Gateway.
“Having a need to replace our current system, we evaluated several RIS/PACS available. We were focused on finding a system that was integrated, web-based, streamlined workflow, and extremely user friendly in order to increase efficiency and productivity. In addition, we wanted to provide remote viewing capabilities to our referring physicians in order for them to have immediate access to patient images and reports. We selected eRAD based on the comprehensive nature of their product. Our system has been well received by our referring physicians and it has made a direct impact in our referral patterns. In these tough economic times, this has been a valuable tool in enhancing our business.”
“With as many as 20 remote sites sending us studies on a 24/7 basis, our workflow is complex and requires a certain degree of flexibility and the need to customize based on the institution. Not only did we find this capability in eRAD, but it also offered us lots of extra features. In addition to basic remote access, we got integrated report creation, dictation, transcription, speech recognition and distribution tools—which allows us to create and distribute medical reports with embedded key images to our referring physicians and institutions online in a secure manner.”
“With eRAD RIS, I have amazing insight and control over what’s happening in our imaging centers. With its real-time reports and dashboards, I can see exactly what’s going on moment-by-moment, as well as take a look at the big picture. Armed with accurate, up-to-date information, I can confidently make decisions that I know will substantively improve our business.”