System's Electronic Medical Records Module Serves as Base for Texas Practice's Workflow, Voice Recognition, Other Capabilities Supporting High Monthly Throughput
STAFFORD, Texas, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- With its physicians reading and analyzing an average of 10,000 images each month, US Imaging Inc. three years ago required a new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system that would support not only that primary function for physicians and patients, but also have the bandwidth to serve as an overall IT system hub for the nine-location's imaging and full array of back-office functions.
In MedInformatix Radiology Information System (RIS), Chief Information Officer Kyle Richey and his team three years ago found the solution they were looking for, and more. The system supports the Houston-area practice's X-Ray, MRI, MRA, CT Scan, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mammography, nuclear medicine, vascular studies, echocardiogram, EKG, screening bone density and arthrography imaging services, along with tangential documentation such as insurance cards and medical scripts. MedInformatix RIS also supports scheduling, co-pay information and radiology reports.
MedInformatix RIS' robustness, and its ability to control a multitude of functions, was critical in US Imaging's choice of the system. "We are an extremely high-output facility, with each of our physicians responsible for reading and diagnosing 1,000 images each month," Richey said. "Beyond standard workflow requirements, given these types of volumes our staff required a system able to support high-volume critical throughput to prevent orders from piling up.
"MedInformatix RIS [which US Imaging installed in April 2007] is hand-over-fist better than our prior system," Richey said. "It has the power capacity to accommodate all of our imaging and back-office functions, and has transparently supported additional programs whenever we've needed to expand our capabilities."
With corporate headquarters in Stafford, US Imaging owns and operates a total of nine Texas outpatient medical imaging centers in Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, Beaumont, Bay City and San Antonio. Recruiting and developing the health care field's most talented and committed individuals, along with technological excellence, are US Imaging's hallmarks. In addition to the MedInformatix RIS itself, the practice heavily depends on the vendor's ongoing training and support, and its seamless integration with such third-party solutions as Nuance Healthcare's PowerScribe® web-based speech recognition solution, and another vendor's picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
MedInformatix RIS' back-office functions have contributed to a 15 percent across the board reduction in US Imaging's clerical costs in the three years since its installation as the practice's technological hub, Richey said. "The core system hasn't changed dramatically over the three years we've had it in place. But what's particularly beneficial, given our high-throughput requirements, is how smoothly MedInformatix RIS runs in the background as we've continued to integrate additional programs."
RSNA 2010 Exhibit
MedInformatix is demonstrating its EHR and Practice Management products at the RSNA 2010 Annual Meeting November 28th – December 3rd in Chicago at McCormick Place. The company's exhibit booth is located in the Lakeside Center in Hall D at booth 1605. Find out how to qualify for Meaningful Use with MedInformatix Ambulatory EHR. To schedule a demonstration, please call (310) 348-7367.
MedInformatix, Inc. (www.medinformatix.com) is a leading national provider of fully integrated Electronic Health Records. The products have been built around MedInformatix's 25 years of workflow expertise. MedInformatix's suite of products is designed on a single database using Microsoft SQL. Whether the client is a single physician who went live in 1994, a 13-location cardiology practice, the busiest radiology practice in Manhattan, or one of 15 other serviced specialties, MedInformatix accommodates their needs. MedInformatix can turn the dream of a paperless, integrated practice into a reality.
MedInformatix Version 7.5 is now certified to meet 2011-2012 criteria supporting Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment act (ARRA) as a Complete EHR by the Drummond Group.
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments."
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