NextGen, ScImage bring universal image integration to EHRs

ScImage, an enterprise imaging and informatics company, has partnered with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems to release a universal medical image integration module that provides NextGen users simultaneous access to patient-centric and study-centric images.The NextGen Medical Image Integration Module allows images produced by any imaging modality or commercial PACS to be accessed through a common viewer inside NextGen Ambulatory EHR. It provides a physician and clinician viewing application to NextGen clients with no downloads required. Clients also have access to a broad array of content, including medical images, documents and reports generated by multiple disparate PACS systems.In addition, this module includes built-in modality work list services, eliminating extraneous costs and complexity for end users. At the core of the new offering is the native ability to capture and transfer discrete procedural data from select modalities directly into NextGen Healthcare’s clinical database.These critical data points can be pre-populated into NextGen Healthcare’s clinical reports or examined for outcomes investigations. The application can also replace or enhance PACS technology currently installed without the need for costly upgrades or data and image migration, while maintaining the current workflow for each clinical area.The NextGen Medical Image Integration Module aims to address a major challenge for physicians, who find that many PACS vendors only provide a proprietary viewer with their own systems.The technology is valuable in health system environments, where a single patient may see his primary care physician and specialist at separate locations, and then have additional procedures completed in a hospital.In the past, the unfamiliarity of different viewing applications required end-users to be trained on each individual system and to download multiple image viewers. This new application eliminates those downloads and provides access for users on most major operating systems and mobile devices.

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