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July 10, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 10, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS

According to the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the current trend is the consolidation of independent radiology groups into larger businesses. In this environment, it’s getting harder for smaller practices to survive. The alternative way is scaling up. This can be achieved by automation and reaching a vast marketplace. EMSOW offers both, and much more.

For example, this week we have improved our time tracking system to help you manage imaging technologists.

 [#18822] Technologists can clock in and out via web browser

To enable this functionality, an enterprise administrator should click “Admin” → “Terminals” and create a new terminal record with the “Kiosk technologist time tracking module” option. Then your technologists (i.e. users with a technologist link) will be able to go to <yourdomain>.emsow.com/kiosk and check in at referring facilities that they are visiting to work with patients. After they are done working, the technologists should go to the same address and check out.

To track working hours of your technologists, go to “Accounting” → “Technologists Time Tracking.”

Technologist Time Tracker

July 3, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 3, 2019

Medical imaging news

CDs remain the predominant way of sharing radiological images with patients, says the Radiology journal. Today, with PACS storage and secure patient portals available, using CDs seems not entirely efficient, though.

EMSOW offers PACS with encrypted patient access and much more to streamline your imaging business.

EMSOW Release

[#18791] Copy address from “Nursing home” type referring facilities
We have increased the automation of data entry. Now you can copy the address of a referring facility to service records if the referring facility is a nursing home (i.e., its PoS code is 32). To use this feature, go to the Processing module, click Add or Edit, and click on the “Copy address from ref. facility” link.

Copy Nursing Home Address

June 26, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 26, 2019

Healthcare IT News

AI in healthcare is one of the most discussed and controversial topics in the professional community. Artificial intelligence has attracted the attention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is currently working on the regulation of its use in medicine.

No matter whether you use artificial intelligence in your practice or natural intelligence of your team is enough, there’s good news from EMSOW.

EMSOW PACS Bridge update
EMSOW PACS Bridge has been updated to version 1.2.319.0ed142. The new version allows you to view DICOM images right after you transfer them from your diagnostic unit, and includes stability improvements.

[#18623] Enter a note on removing a settings record
When a user removes a settings record such as a reading or billing rule, EMSOW will prompt the user to enter a note to describe a reason for removing it. We hope this will prevent accidental removals and make it easier for our support team to restore mistakenly removed records.

[#18669] Automatically reassign reading providers in case of reading delay
If a reading doctor or facility fails to upload a report for a study in due time (as specified in the Reading Times module), the study can be automatically reassigned to another reading provider. To use this feature, you need to configure reading rules. Simply create a new reading rule and add the option “Use to reassign a reading provider in case of reading delay” to conditions of the rule. Then, this rule will be applied in case a reading delay occurs, and the study will be sent to a new reading doctor or facility specified in the rule. Accordingly, the study will be removed from the physician portal of the previous reading provider who will also receive an email notification informing them that the interpretation order has been canceled (provided that an email address is configured in EMSOW for the doctor or facility).

[#18717] Study priority in DICOM tags
When sending studies to an external reading facility, you can now also transfer a study priority value (routine, ASAP, STAT). To that end, we have added an option to patch DICOM metadata with the study priority value. In order to use this feature, select the Study priority checkbox in the Send options tab of the Edit reading facility window. Now your external reading providers will be reliably informed of urgent cases!

[#18741] Services become “performed” on completing a preliminary report in Rendering Provider Portal
With this update, scheduled services will automatically change their status to performed when a user completes a preliminary report in the Rendering Provider Portal. This will let practitioners upload their notes to EMSOW without asking their administrator to change the status first.

[#18749] Rendering Provider filter and column in Rendering Provider Portal
We have added a “Rendering Provider” column to the grid in the Rendering Provider Portal. The search filter in the portal now also features a new field to search for services assigned to specific providers. This will make it easier for administrators to track work progress (just a reminder: the providers themselves only see their own services when they log in).


June 20, 2019

Sending Queries via Modality Worklist

Owners of diagnostic businesses, including those who have many years of experience, often find themselves in doubt about implementing modern technology and going digital. Many of these businesses are long accustomed to their daily workflow and tend to overlook the benefits of innovation. However, they can simplify a lot of routine processes, eliminate numerous errors and considerably boost the bottom line by raising productivity. At first glance, all these modern digital solutions may seem sophisticated, but actually, you just need to take a closer look. Previously we spoke about setting up Modality Worklist (MWL) on Mindray M7. This time we will try to send study queries from this machine to the DICOM server.
                        
First, the queries can be sent manually.
                        
Choosing a patient. Enter the Patient screen by pressing the Patient button. After that, press the Worklist button and the Worklist screen will open. In the upper section, you may see the search criteria: Patient ID, Search Key, Exam Date, Patient Name, Accession Number and Worklist Server.


MWL Queries

Here you need to enter the required information in the corresponding fields and click the Query button. The patients who fall under your criteria will appear in the lower section of the screen. Now your machine is connected to the DICOM server, and you can easily update the worklist in real time.

Performing studies. Now let’s try to do a scan. Select a patient in the patient list, then choose his or her record, and click “Start exam.” The machine will import the patient data and begin the study.

Then click the Transfer button, and the patient information will be displayed on the screen.

Edit the patient information, and click OK. Well done! Now proceed to the next study. If you need to view detailed patient data, click “Show Detail” in the lower toolbar.

Not too difficult, is it? But can we make sending the patient queries even more straightforward? Definitely! Let’s see how.

Automatic query function. Orders can be sent automatically via the DICOM server. This is a very useful feature, especially if you contact your referring doctor day-to-day. You will have to set it up first, but once it is done, your equipment will get along and cooperate with the Worklist server on its own. Open the DICOM Service Preset page, then follow the path: Setup – Network Preset – DICOM Service – Worklist. The Worklist page will open.

Select the desired item from the service list, and press the Default button. The Worklist server will be set up as the default service. Enter the Setup menu by clicking “Exit,” then click the “Return” button.

Now open the Patient info page by pressing the “Patient” button. Go to the Worklist screen by clicking “Worklist.”

All set. Now the diagnostic unit automatically queries the studies scheduled for every day. All the scheduled patient records will appear on your worklist.

Our machine is set up and ready to perform its duties. As you see, the system interface is quite user-friendly. However, the key part of your job is being a medical professional. Just hand over routine tasks to the machine to better focus on your patients.


June 19, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 19, 2019

Medical Imaging News

Ultrasound studies can reveal heart disease risk from psoriasis, according to Arthritis & Rheumatology, the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology. The findings were published on the 5th of June.

Meanwhile, the developers of EMSOW have prepared something to improve YOUR business.

[#18701] Edit notes in reading rules

Similar to billing rules, whenever you make changes to a reading rule, you will have to enter a note describing the changes you have made. After you click Save in the Edit reading rule window, a pop-up window will appear where you must enter the description of your changes. All notes, including the user name, date and time, are displayed in the Notes history pane attached to the Edit reading rule window. You can show or hide this pane by clicking the Toggle edit notes history button in the upper-right corner of the Edit reading rule window.

[#18703] New “Enterprise administrator” user group

We have added a new user group called Enterprise administrator. This user group provides extended user rights and can be assigned to advanced EMSOW users who wish to set up and fine-tune EMSOW to meet their own needs and bring the highest level of efficiency to their system.