|CRH Installs Digital Diagnostic Imaging System
Joe McAdam, RT and Dana Davidson, RT, Director of Radiology, test the new Picture Archive System being installed in the CRH Radiology Department.
|Calais Regional Hospital is pleased to announce it has purchased and installed CPSI’s ImageLink® Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The PACS system is capable of storing, retrieving, transporting, displaying and printing medical images throughout the hospital. This new application expands the data captured by the hospital’s existing computer system, creating a more complete electronic patient record.
“The installation of a PACS is a part of an overall health information strategy,” said Ray H. Davis, Jr., CEO. “Bringing digital radiography to the community is an example of our commitment to investing in advanced technologies that will have a positive impact on our quality of care.”
The benefits of PACS include decreased radiology report turnaround time, shorter wait times for diagnosis and treatment, instant display of vital patient information, simultaneous distribution of patient radiology information to multiple locations, and increased radiology efficiency.
With ImageLink, film based images are replaced with crystal clear digital images. Once captured, the images become a part of the patient’s electronic medical record and are immediately and securely available to caregivers throughout the hospital.
The new technology will not only provide diagnostic images faster, but will also create an online history of images. Historical records will no longer be dependent on a physical record that can be used by only one person at a time. Film that can be misplaced, lost, or destroyed. All of a patient’s caregivers will have access to the current and historical images they need to make care decisions.
The PACS system is the one of several pieces of state-of-the-art equipment available in the radiology department at Calais Regional Hospital. The hospital also offers a high-speed CT scanner, mobile MRI and nuclear medicine, bone density testing, ultrasound exams and mammography. The hospital’s CAD (Computed Aided Detection) System which provides digital reviews of mammograms, identifies up to 23 percent more breast cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages.
Calais Regional is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital serving eastern Washington County. The hospital has a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department. Services offered at the Hospital include clinics in cardiology; ophthalmology; prosthetics-orthotics; blood pressure; and wound care. A variety of support groups are available for individuals and family members dealing with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Out-patient services include laboratory procedures, physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, osteoporosis management and prevention, radiology, surgery, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, home health care, and respiratory care procedures. A multi-specialty courtesy staff of 30 physicians and a variety of allied medical specialists compliment the 15 members of the Hospital’s active medical staff.
CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare information solutions for community hospitals with more than 600 client hospitals in 46 states. Founded in 1979, the Company is a single-source vendor providing comprehensive software and hardware products, complemented by complete installation services and extensive support. Its fully integrated, enterprise-wide system automates clinical and financial data management in each of the primary functional areas of a hospital. CPSI’s staff of over 850 technical, healthcare, and medical professionals provide system implementation and continuing support services as part of a comprehensive program designed to respond to clients’ information needs in a constantly changing healthcare environment. For more information, visit www.cpsinet.com.