Key Features of TeleRIS (TM)
- Intelligent Single Worklist
- PACS & Dictation Vendor Independent
- Radiologist Single Sign On
- Auto Launching of all Viewers & Reporting tools
- Complete Adiminstration of Contracts, Facilities & Personnel
- Native Web App: ASP ,NET SQL
- Works with all PACS & Dictation Systems
- Embedded Peer Review
- Built In Interface Tools
- Auto Assignment of Orders & Report Distribution
The complexity of operating a teleradiology service for dozens of facilities in multiple states with a cross-section of modalities all interpreted by radiologists with varying specialties and credentials requires enabling technology, centered around a RIS that acts as an ‘intelligent multiplexer’, making sure the right study is read by the right physician at the right time.
ONRAD, based in Riverside, Calif., has experienced record volumes each month for the past few years and grew 30 percent in 2009. The practice provides service to customers across the country at more than 100 facilities, and for several hundred modalities and PACS solutions. Hundreds of emergency cases come in every night, requiring immediate, appropriate prioritization. The right study has to be matched to the right radiologist—someone credentialed in the originating state as well as that specialty and modality—and then redistributed to the facilities efficiently and accurately – multiple tasks that TeleRIS™ is well-suited for.
A Proven Track Record
To manage the operation as well as the rapid growth, Online Radiology implemented a new PACS. “We’ve been a long-time user of TeleRIS from ThinAir Data Corp., and this was the third different PACS used by ONRAD over the past few years”, says Jesse Salen, Director of Technology, “so we knew there was already a proven track record.” TeleRIS lets ONRAD perform all the study prioritization and distribution automatically. The integration with PACS allows radiologists to provide preliminary and final reads over the Web for their many customers, wherever they are, all using the same PACS graphical user interface for all of the accounts, on a single centralized worklist, regardless of the HIS/RIS/PACS used at the client facilities.
Efficient Workflow Through Technology
Once customers send images securely over a VPN to PACS, TeleRIS monitors the receiving of studies. Customers have access to ThinAir’s TeleRIS and their own account, where they can view workflow, status of cases and more. The system shows when an ONRAD radiologist is interpreting a case and lets users view reports as they are created. Aside from the double-digit growth in volume that ONRAD has already experienced, the practice is now reading studies that contain more images than ever before. “As far as actual images processed, we’re probably experiencing about 60 percent growth,” Salen says. The ThinAir configuration is scalable with ONRAD’s growth, an important consideration. The investment was well worth it, Salen says: “We’d be unable to grow our business without it. Additionally, we wouldn’t be able to provide the quality our customers demand at the level of efficiency we need to remain profitable.”