Image-Enabled EMRs / PACS API 2017-05-12T12:24:52+00:00

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Image-Enabled EMRs / PACS API

Seamless image viewing and requesting directly from your EMR.

Get full images, diagnostic reports and exam information with one click directly from the patient’s EMR record. eRAD’s sophisticated API frees you from multiple logins

In medical imaging, APIs are often used to integrate image management (PACS) systems directly into EMR systems, often referred to as “Image-Enabling the EMR.”  This is a more seamless and robust method than the traditional way—sending just the results of the radiology report via HL7 which display as a blob of text in the EMR. With the API, the user gets a link to the actual images and report inserted directly into a patient’s record in the EMR. Absent an API interface, EMR workflows might require users to collapse the EMR window, open the PACS window, enter a username/password, and manually search for the patient exam(s). An API allows single-click access to the same information via a link inserted into the patient’s record in the EMR. The API negotiates the security in the background and retrieves both the images and report for that patient—presenting it in a single view that is a very powerful combination of text and images for the user.

eRAD PACS API

Third-party applications can use the eRAD API (a collection of HTTP commands) to access and modify PACS data. The commands include arguments identifying exam details such as the accession number, MRN, patient name and date of birth, study UID, etc.  Data is secure and access can be restricted as needed.

These are some of the commands available in the eRAD PACS API library:

  • Search the database
    Query the database for study, order and report details.
  • Edit study data
    Create and modify study demographics, order information and clinical reports.
  • Launch the eRAD PACS viewer
    Invoke the diagnostic and web viewers, including the tools to organize and manipulate images.
  • Retrieve report contents
    Download report text, addenda, key images and other report details.
  • Download system activity logs
    Request heuristic data for dashboards, summary reports and other event analysis.

In addition to image-enabling EMRs as described above, the eRAD PACS API can be used to integrate radiology order systems, so that physicians can seamlessly request and send imaging requests to eRAD PACS.

Data-mining is also possible from the eRAD PACS API—as all logging and statistical information is available to be used in applications such as third-party dashboards and management reporting.

PACS Solutions | PACS API | Radiology Order | eRAD PACS

Advanced Radiology, Baltimore MD, uses eRAD’s PACS API to provide referring providers access to reports and images in their online, cloud based web portal.

PACS Solutions | Radiology Order | PACS API | eRAD PACS

PACS APIs allow the portal to display a real-time worklist that allows providers to launch studies using eRAD’s zero footprint web viewer.

“We’re also able to help our clients with their Meaningful Use certification.” One menu set measure in Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) EHR incentive program requires that providers be able to view digital images directly from a certified EHR system.

“We can put images right into the patient charts of our client EHR systems, and we achieve that through the eRAD API. It’s the extensibility of the platform that really drew us to eRAD,” Huff said.

Brian Huff, IT Director
“You need a lean, smart system. We had confidence in eRAD, knowing that they’ve helped many practices and physicians attest, so we knew we had a solution-oriented partner with access to the right resources to get the job done.”
Sandra Gonzales, Imaging Administrator
“The difference in our workflow is significant. Not having to switch to different reporting formats, not having to learn and log into multiple systems—all that expands the possibilities for our practice and speeds our turnaround times.”
Dr. Aakash Singh, Radiologist & Vice President of Operations for MRI
“Columbia was interested in eRAD’s technology for many reasons. Easy, web-based access for both reading and referring physicians was a prerequisite. It was clear eRAD excelled in this area, but as we investigated their solution, we were impressed with innovative features like Mask Subtraction, which enables us to do Digital Subtraction Angiography.”
Carole Ann Norman, Practice Manager
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