Lately, patients are expecting their physicians to provide them a higher quality healthcare with intelligent, immediate insights from their radiological images, clinician notes and lab results. They are demanding simple diagnostic guidance, customized treatment options & immediate digital access to their personal medical information on their mobile devices, securely.
The primary driver for the transformation of radiological imaging services from volume-based imaging to patient-centric value-based imaging enables a closer dialogue between the radiologists, physicians & specialists. This transformation delivers superior patient experience, higher clinical accountability, relevant diagnostic insights & clinical decisions, minimizes medical errors, minimizes complexity of care delivery models, establishes consistent outcomes for chronic diseases, achieves tighter integration with non-radiology systems (EMR, Ambulatory, HIS, Lab Services, and more) and improved communication across the entire healthcare enterprise. As defined by American College of Radiology, Imaging 3.0 is a multiphase program initiative covering services, technology, tools and processes. Leveraging this initiative, radiologists adapt how they manage their practices, patient care and their own futures as the industry transforms itself from volume to value based imaging services.
The current reality is that many healthcare systems are not designed to facilitate easy information sharing across the enterprise – and particularly true with medical imaging data. With lack of standards, and with no clear integration and interoperability between imaging and non-radiology systems, it diminishes communication between physicians, radiologists and the specialists, with minimal or no access to real-time symptomatic evidence in the collaborative point-of-care process. Potentially, it contributes to process delays, clinical workflow inefficiencies, and diagnostic errors.
New Era Healthcare Environments with Mobile & Cloud capabilities demand digital transformation with better data economics. It is important to provide patients the ability to securely view, download & transmit health information quickly. IBM realizes many of these transformational challenges in a Healthcare Enterprise. IBM has successfully delivered pre-qualified Medical Imaging & Archiving solutions with leading Business Partners (in Healthcare Industry) on enabling and deploying their Cardiology, PACS and Enterprise Imaging applications on IBM Storage Systems including IBM System Storwize® V7000, DS8870®, IBM XIV®, IBM System Storage® San Volume Controller, and/or the IBM FlashSystemTM. IBM Spectrum StorageTM based Solutions deliver the potential of extracting insights from data volumes, and increase business agility by offering its functional capabilities as software, or as a cloud, or as a managed service offering. These all, are complete, ready-to-deploy, proven, high-performance solutions that help accelerate the time-to-value, with reliability, security and speed.
Many happy, satisfied IBM clients, including emergency centers, radiology departments, multi-specialty clinical groups, and hospital networks are currently running their imaging applications, on a variety of IBM Storage systems. They are running their imaging solutions, on premise at a local datacenter, globally at multiple datacenters, or delivering them from the cloud. They are leveraging DS8870 for enterprise critical applications, Storwize family for virtualization capabilities, FlashSystem for application and patient-data acceleration facilitating life-critical response, or XIV for cloud-specific standard based deployments. IBM storage systems also support built-in data encryption capabilities, instantaneous video imaging for angioplasty, laparoscopy, endoscopy or other clinical procedures, and real-time compression of non-imaging data.
As patient-centric delivery models continually evolve with the transition from volume based imaging services to value based imaging services, the IBM solution choices become very important in designing and implementing flexible storage architectures for imaging applications and facilitate reliable, secure and fast access to patient data, anywhere. IBM will continue to partner with leading Business Partners (in Healthcare) to deliver proven, superior storage solutions that will ultimately improve provider collaboration and better patient outcomes, and at significantly lower costs.
To learn more, I recommend checking out the following paper at URL: http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=WH&infotype=SA&appname=SNDE_HL_HL_USEN&htmlfid=HLW03016USEN&attachment=HLW03016USEN.PDF