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Medical Imaging Northwest Completes Phase I of Its Healthcare IT Integration to Maintain Patient Care Improvements
Date:2/10/2010

PUYALLUP, Wash., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Even before Healthcare IT stimulus and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became household terms, Medical Imaging Northwest (MINW) initiated a comprehensive digital imaging and data management integration project with interoperability provider Compressus.  The project's ambitious goals are already paying dividends for MINW patients even after the completion of the initial phase of implementation, designed to enable the electronic collection and distribution of the medical records, images and patient reports MINW radiologists need to make patient diagnoses. This phase featured the integration of McKesson PACS and their diagnostic viewer with Carestream PACS in addition to other healthcare IT systems across the MINW network.

According to Andrew Levine, MD, Chair, Medical Imaging Northwest, LLP, "While we have realized efficiency improvements, the true benefactors of this integration will be our imaging service customers and their patients.  Automated pre-fetching of prior studies from different systems across the network results in better diagnostic services and fewer repeat exams.  With MEDxConnect, we will be able to read from our offices using one worklist and one existing workstation. This will enable our radiologists to dramatically cut the turnaround time on reports, reducing the time it takes to get diagnoses back to patients and their physicians. It is a major improvement in service that has allowed us to explore opportunities outside of our neighborhood, such as clinic work."

MINW went to Compressus with very specific goals for a comprehensive interoperability solution to complete an Enterprise-wide integration of its disparate RIS, McKesson PACS, PowerScribe voice recognition (VR) software and workstation viewers. Involving the installation of a spect
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