Image-Enabled Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) Transform Patient Care

Rochester, N.Y., August 3, 2021eHealth Technologies, the leading provider in image-enabled HIEs will be exhibiting as a sponsor of the 2021 Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) Annual Conference that will be held as a hybrid conference in Scottsdale, Arizona from August 15 – 17, 2021.

Diagnostic imaging consumes over 10% of all healthcare costs, elevating the importance of image sharing capabilities for health systems around the country. There is also tremendous value that imaging plays in both diagnosing and treating many diseases.

eHealth Connect® Image Exchange allows clinicians to share imaging studies for immediate community-wide access by referring physicians and other specialists through their health information exchange (HIE) or electronic medical record (EMR) system.

  • Providers can view images anywhere, anytime in full diagnostic quality within the context of a results report, CCD or any other medical record from an HIE portal, EMR, or any other system.
  • Clinicians can readily access all images from all locations across the community with one click, and view and/or compare them in a common viewing session without waiting for them to be imported into a local system or uploaded to a cloud service.
  • Collaboration by way of real-time image session sharing with participating HIE care providers is possible anywhere, anytime with a single click.

Transfer-to-PACS Workflow allows HIE users can import external images from any other participating institution with a single click from the HIE portal. DICOM image data is automatically reconciled by eHealth Connect Image Exchange, assuring that relevant prior images are readily available to radiologists and other clinical decision makers. HIE users can import and reconcile external images from anywhere in the community directly to their PACS with a single click from their HIE interface. Automating this process through an HIE eliminates the cost of manually reconciling studies before they can be imported; burning, transporting, and uploading studies from physical media; and maintaining complex point-to-point connections.

With Automated Imaging Workflow, whenever a patient is admitted for care that requires external image retrieval from another institution, or an imaging study is scheduled that requires external images as prior comparisons, we will automatically locate relevant external images and deliver them to the location where they are needed with no manual intervention needed, assuring the highest level of care with minimal cost. Users can automatically identify and retrieve external relevant images from every connected facility across the community. Images are delivered into a local PACS or imaging system in advance of when they are needed with no time and labor required. This solution eliminates virtually ALL manual steps required to obtain prior images, helping clinicians provide faster treatment with accurate and more complete patient information.

With Emergent Image Sharing, diagnostic quality medical images are shared immediately after they have been acquired so that specialists can make rapid, informed clinical decisions regarding care required for situations such as stroke and trauma, when every minute counts. This workflow expedites critical patient care for stroke, trauma, and other critical conditions. For critical care of stroke or trauma patients, providers can initiate real-time, potentially life-saving imaging consultations with specialists anywhere in the world. With a single click, images can instantly be shared to get a second opinion, consult with a specialist, or prepare for transferring a critical emergency patient to an advanced care facility. This newest eHealthConnect® Image Exchange capability can dramatically improve patient outcomes by impacting the speed and quality of care.

“We are thrilled to support SHIEC, a national collaborative representing health information exchanges and their strategic business and technology partners, especially for this new hybrid format,” stated Gary Larson, Executive Vice President, General Manager, HIE Solutions at eHealth Technologies. “Improving health care delivery through image-enabled HIEs has many benefits for both clinicians and patients, including streamlined workflows, faster diagnosis and treatment plans, and eliminating repeat testing. We look forward to connecting with HIE leaders during the conference to discuss key benefits of efficient image delivery and how they impact patient care.”

About eHealth Technologies

eHealth Technologies is the leading provider of image-enabled Health Information Exchange (HIE) and medical record retrieval and organization services. With customers across the country, eHealth Technologies works with prominent HIEs throughout the US and top-ranked hospitals, including 17 of the 20 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals for 2020-2021. eHealth Connect® Image Exchange enables HIE subscribers access to full diagnostic quality medical records in the context of the patient record.  The company’s eHealth Connect® solutions enhance patient and physician satisfaction by streamlining care transitions and assuring physicians have the right information to care for their patients. Visit www.eHealthTechnologies.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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