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Ultrasound Associates invests in new turnkey outpatient radiology platform to optimise workflow

Carestream Health : 11 December, 2007  (New Product)
Ultrasound Associates of Alexandria, Virginia, USA, has purchased Carestream Health’s Kodak Carestream Outpatient Solution, which is a new turnkey digital imaging and information management package designed for imaging centres.
Ultrasound Associates provides women’s health services including diagnostic and screening mammography exams, high-risk Ob/Gyn ultrasound, and bone density studies. X-ray Visions of Springfield, Virginia initiated the sale. The company is a Platinum channel partner for Carestream Health with more than 30 years of service in Virginia and the Baltimore/Washington, DC area.

The Carestream Outpatient Solution incorporates a fully integrated Kodak Carestream RIS/PACS with system design and project management services as well as workflow optimisation planning.

“This innovative solution provides exceptional functionality that will help streamline our operations, boost productivity and provide better service to our patients. Our patients will benefit from enhanced scheduling and reduced wait times, while our radiologists look forward to integrated voice transcription and efficient reading at an integrated RIS/PACS desktop,” said Judy Albarelli, president of Ultrasound Associates.

Albarelli was impressed with the PACS platform’s support for viewing of all breast imaging modalities from the same workstation. When installation is complete, Ultrasound Associates will be a Northeastern show site for Carestream Health’s Outpatient Solution.

The RIS streamlines the imaging process by including user-friendly patient scheduling, patient recall, personalized patient letters and data required for MQSA reporting. Ultrasound Associates also purchased the optional integrated billing and insurance claims module to facilitate payments from insurance providers and verify co-payment amounts during scheduling.

Carestream Health’s Professional Services team will perform system design, implementation and project management as well as user training. The team will use Carestream Business Diagnostics analytics to document Ultrasound Associates’ current workflow, and create a map for future processes that will maximise workflow efficiency while taking into account the preferences of staff and clinicians.

Designed to satisfy the diverse operational needs of outpatient centres, the Carestream Outpatient Solution provides:

- Scheduling and reporting for general radiology exams and scheduling and reporting with MQSA audit support for mammography exams;

- Pre-fetching of prior digital imaging exams;

- Results distribution and management reporting;

- Advanced diagnostic tools, digital dictation, transcription, and web-based viewing of radiology reports and key images; and

- Optional billing and claims processing.

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