PARIS — Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Cen has announced a major advancement in its medical imaging capabilities to better serve patients, especially trauma patients who face potentially life-threatening situations.
PCH/FMC recently connected to the Indiana University Health Radiology Cloud through seemyradiology.com, a computer network system that allows the hospital to transfer radiology images to 38 hospitals and medical centers in Indiana. This virtual server connection allows PCH/FMC to share images (such as CT scans, X-rays, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and MRI scans) with specialty physicians at other locations.
Securely transferring images via the Internet, which can take as little as three minutes, is intended to replace the previous method of placing diagnostic images on a CD. In the past, CDs containing the images were either mailed or sent with a patient who was being transferred from PCH/FMC to another facility. Unlike CDs, digital image transfer allows specialists to view the images much more quickly and develop a treatment plan long before the patient arrives at their facility. This improvement to patient care can help contribute to a better outcome for the patient.
Groundbreaking Image Software
In addition to its connection with the Indiana University health cloud, PCH/FMC recently became the first hospital in the nation to launch new imaging software from Mplexus. This ground-breaking software retrieves a patient’s prior related images and bundles them with his most current images, creating a complete digital image package.
“It’s huge for patient care,” said Elisha Farmer, administrator of the PCH/FMC Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS).
“For example, if someone suffers brain trauma or a stroke, having access to prior images (if they are available) would be extremely useful for diagnosis. Comparing past images with current images would allow us to determine the best care plan for the patient.”