Nothing is more important than getting quality care when you need it. Frederick Memorial Hospital has implemented a new tool that makes it possible for patients anywhere to get their diagnostic imaging (CTs, MRIs and x-rays) into the hands of physicians faster and more easily.
To meet these goals, FMH launched a new cloud-based medical image exchange platform. DICOM Grid gives care providers, medical staff and patients an effective web-based tool for storing, accessing and sharing imaging data.
“DICOM Grid is a user-friendly system that helps put imaging data right at physicians’ fingertips,” says FMH Imaging Services Director Brent Purscelley. “It’s saving patients and their doctors time, money and aggravation.”
So how does it work? DICOM Grid allows medical staff-members at FMH to view radiology images taken at other facilities as easily as those taken at a Fredrick Regional Health System facility. The studies are shared using secure web portals or by auto-routing images between systems. Once loaded onto DICOM Grid, studies and reports can be accessed from existing hospital systems as well as any PC, Mac, or tablet device and securely shared internally or externally.
“FMH is a leading healthcare innovator and has been at the forefront of the revolution in connected health,” says Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid. “We are proud to be supporting this effort by providing Fredrick Memorial Hospital’s staff and community with technology that facilitates better information sharing among care providers and patients.”
“One of the most exciting aspects of DICOM Grid is that the automatic sharing of images means that patients no longer have to travel to the office where the original images were taken to pick up films or a CD of their radiology studies to take to their physicians,” says Brian Petrie, FMH Telemedicine Administrator. “The Grid will also decrease the number of repeat radiology exams ordered and reduce radiation exposure for patients.”
More than 20,000 patients are admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital annually, and the Emergency Department treats more than 83,000 patients per year. DICOM Grid’s platform will help to streamline the patient intake process and improve the overall patient experience.