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.
PACS API | PACS Solution
In medical imaging, APIs (application program interfaces) are often used to integrate image management (picture archiving and communication system (PACS)) systems directly into EMR systems. This is 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 only as a blob of text in the EMR. With a PACS API, the user secures a link to the actual images and report directly into a patient’s record in the EMR.
Absent a PACS 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). A PACS API allows single-click access to the same information via a link inserted into the patient’s record in the EMR.
The PACS API negotiates the security in the background and retrieves both the images and report for that patient. eRAD’s PACS solution and API presents it in a single view that is a very powerful combination of text and images for the user.
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eRAD PACS API
Third-party applications can use the eRAD PACS API (a collection of HTTPS commands) to access and modify PACS data. The commands include arguments identifying radiology order and exam details such as the accession number, MRN (medical record number), patient name and date of birth, radiology order and 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 radiology order, study and report details.
- Edit study data: Create and modify study demographics, radiology order information and clinical reports.
- Launch the eRAD PACS solution 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 radiology order 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. eRAD’s PACS solution enables physicians to 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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”