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INTEGRIS increased utilization of corporate IT resources to drive operational and capital enhancements.

INTEGRIS Health named one of the Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities

by: HealthImaging.com

INTEGRIS increased utilization of corporate IT resources to drive operational and capital enhancements. The health system virtualized key PACS components to reduce hardware, consolidate physical space and improve performance. Transitioning PACS hardware management from the vendor to internal resources delivers $170,000 savings on annual service and maintenance contracts. A planned “software only” contract should net additional savings. The creation of a virtualized parallel system has resulted in zero downtime related to PACS upgrades and patches.

Operational efficiencies include a 14 percent increase in diagnostic x-ray volume with a concurrent 21 percent drop in FTE utilization. Paperless workflow, coupled with the digital patient database, led to a 30 percent improvement in report turn-around time while inpatient volume increased 7.6 percent.

The health system uses a TeleStroke Network with videoconferencing to provide rural hospitals with instant access to neurologists and enable remote patient exams. Specialists review images on PACS to confirm diagnosis and recommend treatment, including administration of time-sensitive tissue plasminogin activator (tPA) and/or patient transfer.