Integrating images with EHR yields dividends

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Integrating PACS with the electronic health record (EHR) is no easy task, but it’s worth the effort to provide clinicians with access to a single, comprehensive view of patient clinical information, according to a team from Harris County Hospital (HCHD) in Houston.

 

In addition to the clinical benefits of providing clinicians with easy and patient-centered access to images and reports, a PACS-EHR integration project has led to faster turnaround for radiology reports, revenue cycle improvements, and a host of technical improvements for HCHD, the largest public primary healthcare system in Texas.

 

“To have common access to diagnostic results and images in a way that’s easy to get to and is intuitive has really been transformative for our organization,” said Dr. John Riggs, medical director of clinical information systems for HCHD.

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