From the Wires
Children’s of Alabama Teams with Accelarad to Enhance Care Coordination
By: Business Wire
Nov. 26, 2012 09:01 AM
Accelarad, a leading provider of secure, cloud-based medical imaging solutions, and creators of SeeMyRadiology.com, announced today that Children’s of Alabama has implemented the company’s medical image sharing network to streamline the referral process for patients transferring to the health system’s Level I pediatric trauma center from smaller healthcare facilities across the Southeast.
Accelarad’s collaborative network enables the 332-bed pediatric health system to quickly and securely request, view, store and share medical images from a referring facility before a patient is even admitted, improving care coordination and resulting in faster and more informed care decisions. The solution will allow Children’s of Alabama to eliminate the process of exchanging medical images on CDs and film, which will help prevent providers from ordering duplicative tests as a result of damaged or lost images, for example.
“Imagine you’re a parent sitting in a small clinic with your child after an X-ray wondering if you’ll need to drive to our specialized facility for more tests,” said Joshua Pavlovec, RIS/PACS Administrator at Children’s of Alabama. “In this scenario, before we implemented Accelarad, the clinic would’ve sent the X-ray via CD to us for review, meaning you could’ve waited hours – or days – for a diagnosis. Or, if the situation was urgent, you would’ve driven to Children’s where, if the CD was corrupted, your child would’ve needed the same X-ray taken again. We partnered with Accelarad to solve these challenges. Now, referring facilities can immediately upload and share medical images with our providers, meaning quicker decisions can be made and parents can rest easier about their child’s safety and care.”
By moving to Accelarad’s cloud-based platform, the health system’s physicians and patients can now access their medical images through any Internet-connected computer, mobile device or via the Accelarad iPhone® and iPad® app.
“Children’s of Alabama joins more than 1,000 healthcare organizations using the Accelarad network to manage their medical images and improve care coordination,” said Willie Tillery, CEO at Accelarad. “Through our partnership, Children’s of Alabama will strengthen relationships with referring medical facilities across the Southeast, which will allow the health system’s providers to make the best possible care decisions for its young patients.”
To learn more about how Accelarad’s cloud-based medical imaging solution can help healthcare organizations, physicians and patients bridge the continuum of care through the quick and secure exchange of medical images and documents, visit www.accelarad.com.
About Children’s of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.
Founded in 1999, Atlanta-based Accelarad, creators of SeeMyRadiology.com, makes it simple for healthcare organizations, physicians and patients to securely view, manage and share medical images and documents online. Intuitive and in tune with healthcare workflows, Accelarad’s scalable platform eliminates the costs, redundancies and administrative headaches of outmoded image transfer technology. The company’s robust, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform empowers collaboration by allowing users to access and share medical images and documents from Internet-connected computers or mobile devices at any time, from anywhere. Accelarad’s true multi-tenant architecture supports today’s imaging needs, while also strategically positioning healthcare organizations to address the ongoing challenges of patient-centered, coordinated care.
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