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