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15 May 1994 Assessing the impact of a medical image access system
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We have developed and installed a Medical Image Access System in an intensive care unit. Images are acquired and transmitted automatically to this system, thus expanding on the previous results of Shile et. al. It is our goal to determine what effect regular, sustained availability of image data in the clinic has on the Intensive Care Unit and the Department of Radiology. Our system is installed and has been in regular use in the hospital since late August of 1993. Since the time of installation we have been collecting usage information from both the manual and automated systems. From this data we are performing the standard measures established by DeSimone et. al. Our initial results support the original findings that image availability in the clinic leads to earlier patient care decision based on the image data. However, our findings do not seem to indicate that there is a breakdown of communication between the clinician and the radiologist as a result of the use of the clinical display system. In addition to the established measure we are investigating other criteria to measure time saved by both the clinician and radiologist. The results are reported in this paper.
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Kevin M. McNeill, Kris Maloney, Miguel V. Parra, Theron W. Ovitt, and William J. Dallas "Assessing the impact of a medical image access system", Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994);


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