Radiology is one of many areas of healthcare turning to information systems for tracking. Learn what a radiology information system is and some of its benefits.
All radiologists out there are rather talented when it comes to x-rays and patient diagnosis. It’s their job, after all, and requires a huge amount of training. But there are other parts of the job that radiologists simply aren’t trained for. Things like data entry, stock management, and money-saving skills.
The above are equally important to the successful running of a radiology department but simply aren’t taught for the profession as much as they should be. That’s because today there are alternatives that allow you to stay on top of these issues without training.
Information management systems (known as IMS) are used in many professions today from restaurants to hotels. But there are specially designed examples of clinical information systems that can streamline the management of any healthcare unit. A radiology information system is no exception and can transform the day-to-day running of your radiology department.
What Is A Radiology Information System? What Does It Include?
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A radiology information system is, put simply, a computerized system where you can analyze both business and workflow in a radiology department. They are also designed to be able to contain patient data which allows them to contribute to an electronic patient record. To do this a typical radiology information system has a variety of different functions.
This can include a user-based interface, which means staff members have login details to see specific information related to their patients. This is vital in the healthcare sector due to the confidentiality involved in patient information. The last thing you want is a system that anyone can wander onto and steal patient data from with ease.
A RIS system will also allow radiologists to register new patients into the system like young children or those who haven’t had health problems previously. A well-designed radiology information system should also have the ability to track information that a patient consents to being shared and information that they don’t.
This can allow the freedom to select which information is private, such as marking patient records as confidential if the patient wants it to be. In addition to confidentiality, a good system will show patient demographics, meaning information about patients such as their age, gender, and height as well as more specific details.
This is essential to identify a patient before their records are accessed. The system should be able to schedule electronic referrals for patients, making the process of transferring them to another department much easier.
But it should also be able to perform this through paper methods if necessary. As can be seen, a good system is multi-functional, it can do many things at once. Crucially the system should have the ability to book in appointments as well as create staff worklists and folders. This allows the system to improve the workflow of a department by keeping all scheduling and accessible information in one place.
This is in addition to being able to deliver various reports, including examination details and stock control. If something needs to be written down or taken note of, you should be able to do it through the radiology information system.