Philips and UCMC partner on imaging research trial

Royal Philips Electronics has announced that it is working with the University of Chicago Medical Center on a closed loop imaging research trial to integrate information systems with imaging systems. The announcement was made recently at the 94th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago. Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging for the University of Chicago Hospitals and a coordinator of the study, said their goal is to reduce errors and improve quality of care and patient outcomes. Philips and UCMC are integrating technologies used throughout the radiology suite to “talk” to each other across an open platform. UCMC officials say this will help reduce patient waiting time, repeat scans and the time needed for appointments. “To stay relevant in healthcare, we simply can’t keep using the same workflow model,” said Chang. “Radiologists need to provide the highest quality diagnostic results to the patient’s physician while obtaining the best images on the first scan, every time, without compromising patient care.”

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