Illuminate® PatientView™, the newest application of Softek Illuminate's search engine and data aggregation technology, will be introduced at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting Nov. 25-30 at Chicago's McCormick Place and demonstrated by Softek associates in booth 9141.
According to Softek CEO Matt McLenon, PatientView saves clinicians time and improves diagnoses by automatically displaying, at a minimum, a patient's radiology, pathology and laboratory history every time they open a new study. Radiologists report that going to the electronic medical record system to find and view this information can take up to 10 minutes. PatientView lets them review it all in seconds.
Radiologists, pathologists and other clinicians no longer need to interpret a patient's imaging exams, tissue specimens or blood work in an informational vacuum, McLenon said. For example, when a patient comes to a hospital Emergency Department with vague abdominal pain and has a scan, radiologists can immediately see the lab report of the lipase level and be sure it's pancreatitis. If a clinician is reading a chest CT and sees abnormalities in the lungs, they can quickly see if the patient has ever had radiation therapy.
Even previous radiology studies can be reviewed with little more than a scroll and click, much easier than the steps required with current image-viewing technology. Having a more complete patient history means definitive diagnoses can be made in less time with fewer additional tests so that necessary treatment can begin sooner, McLenon said.
"PatientView's data aggregation turns a hospital's EMR system into an information ally," he added. "Clinicians don't have to battle it for the data they need to point the way to better patient care and business practices."
Other Illuminate® applications – all of which will be demonstrated at RSNA – include InSight™ to search the data archive and send patient and exam alerts to clinicians; ActKnowledge™ to document the communication of non-routine findings; Analytics™ for real-time business intelligence; and OnPatrol™ for real-time physician ordering trends.