NEW YORK, July 14, 2015 – Medical imaging is complex, largely unmanaged, and a hurdle healthcare CIOs are often unprepared to tackle, yet it plays a pivotal role in the well-being of each patient’s diagnosis as well as both short- and long-term care. The challenge is that tremendous numbers of clinical images are captured by a wide array of disparate devices, and many are shared in unpredictable and often unsecured ways throughout a spectrum of specialties within the medical field. Even when these invaluable diagnostic images are appropriately captured within a patient’s electronic health record (EHR), they are rarely organized in such a way that physicians can quickly locate the information they need when they need it most. That’s why Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, an industry-leading consultancy specializing in medical imaging. Together, the two companies will combine their talents and resources to help healthcare IT pros tackle medical imaging obstacles, something each company believes is going to be one of the fastest emerging market spaces in healthcare IT (HIT).
“We need to get to a place in medicine where HIT is regularly helping physicians make clinical decisions,” says Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant, Healthcare Strategies for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “Today’s physicians have to sort through all of the clinical content in a patient’s EHR simply to find the information they need. By creating a thoughtful approach to acquiring, storing and surfacing medical images, we can envision a future where, based on the patient’s clinical history, the specialty of the provider, and the physician’s past behavior, we will be able to predict which imaging studies and lab reports a physician will need to review and present a package of pertinent information to the physician upon entering the patient’s room. It’s not just about the technology, though. It’s also about the clinician’s workflow; if it’s difficult or time consuming for physicians to locate the relevant images, they may not use them or, at best, they will be very frustrated. It has to be intuitive and work well within the flow of their day and the amount of time they dedicate to each patient to be meaningful and useful in the clinical setting. That’s where Logicalis and Ascendian come in. Together, we can help IT pros build the technology they need to acquire, store and surface the information practitioners want when and how they want to see it.”
“To healthcare CIOs, medical imaging is just something that should work,” says Shawn McKenzie, Ascendian’s President and CEO. “It’s not something the IT team wants to deal with because it’s complex and requires an array of specialized skill sets. This isn’t just about radiology or cardiology – imaging is about anything that produces a diagnostic object which means the amount of images being collected is staggering. Savvy healthcare CIOs know they’re going to be held accountable for managing this mountain of information, and many have begun to recognize the pain points – they’ve seen the writing on the proverbial hospital wall. This is real. Medical imaging is the next big summit that healthcare IT professionals will absolutely have to scale, and it’s not something they can afford to overlook any longer.”
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About Ascendian Healthcare Consulting
Ascendian Healthcare Consulting is a national leader in Health Information Technology (HIT) and healthcare operations professional services. Our success is grounded in assisting both large and small healthcare organizations to create long-term strategies and rapidly adopt technology and innovative practices. Ascendian offers services in Enterprise Medical Imaging, HIT Strategic Planning for Implementation, Health Information Exchange (HIE) Planning and Deployment, Health Data Management and Analytics, Enterprise Radiation Dose Consulting and Health Information Privacy and Data Security Consulting.