enterprise use cases

Read how Mach7 Technologies can assist your healthcare enterprise with archiving, communication, access, and sharing.

1) Deliver a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)

With archived healthcare image data expected to reach ~600 million procedures/year, overall storage and archiving volume requirements for U.S. medical imaging data will cross the 1 exabyte mark by 2016. Healthcare organizations struggle with how to efficiently archive and distribute medical images and patient data across a healthcare enterprise while balancing an ever-growing demand for storage of medical images.  Mach7 unlocks proprietary, siloed departmental solutions allowing cross-departmental consolidation of patient records through a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) solution.  Storage capacity can be further optimized leveraging advanced Image Lifecycle Management (ILM) rules to determine static and interpretive storage requirements based on image content, age, frequency of access, and patient medical history.

Mach7’s advanced VNA enables healthcare organizations to link all images, pictures, videos, and exam data to the patient’s record from one consolidated archive. Specialty departments can continue to leverage local PACS visualization solutions while Mach7’s VNA consolidates the patient care information and provides a single point of enterprise access, through a zero-footprint viewer, for all patient image data.

Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and Image Storage

How will Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) impact image storage requirements?  How will healthcare organizations address ILM across growing, disparate, and aging PACS?  What policy will healthcare organizations leverage through mergers and acquisitions that stand to double or triple record volumes overnight?

According to healthcare analyst Frost and Sullivan, 60% of surveyed healthcare organizations believe that they need a plan for ILM.  Most feel that they need to define a policy for deleting image data after it reaches its legal life expectancy, but many fail to put any ILM policies in place forcing major growth in on- and off-site store requirements.

Mach7 addresses ILM with an advanced protocol that allows IT departments to employ their specific rules and guidelines based on specialty, across the enterprise.  Advanced and fully configurable rules allow users to define ILM policies that differentiate between “thin slice” and “thick slice” images allowing for longer retention times at a fraction of the storage space requirements. These completely configurable and fully compliant rules allow organizations to tailor VNA ILM rules to meet both legal and operational requirements while optimizing patient care policies.

2) Simplify Enterprise Image Enablement
Public demand for flexible access to health information and services is growing, encouraged by Internet trends and policies promoting patient rights and empowerment. In concert, global investment in healthcare information and communication technologies has been dominated by efforts to implement electronic health records (EHR), which promise improved care quality and efficiency through better maintenance, synchronization and availability of patient data.

Support for image-enabled EMRs and access to patient information portals are central elements of the Mach7 Enterprise Imaging Platform. Our advanced vendor neutral archive (VNA) allows healthcare organizations to link all images, pictures, videos, and exam data to the patient’s record from one consolidated archive.  Specialty departments can continue to leverage local PACS, but Mach7’s VNA will consolidate the patient care information and provide a single link, portal view, or zero-footprint viewer, for all patient image data.

3) Deploy a Robust Physician & Patient Portal
Physician and patient portals provide the ability to move a conversation about care from the exam room to the living room and keep the level of engagement high between face-to-face doctor’s office visits.  Patient portals have the ability to truly open lines of communication between providers and patients beyond the dissemination of lab results or appointment scheduling.  General and referring physicians can begin communicating on more clinical topics and can access and share patient information in a clinically-relevant way depending on the use case and audience.

The federal government also appears to believe in portals as a communication conduit beyond the exam room.  An expanded list of patient portal functionality required under the MU2 criterion includes providing “patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit information about a hospital admission.”

Mach7’s customizable, intuitive, and highly visual Physician & Patient Portal offers easy access and sharing of patient data.  Physicians and patients can quickly share care information with one another using a connected portal with interfaces tuned to each user’s specific needs.  From image viewing to email, referring physicians, diagnosing clinicians, administrators, and patients can now access and share a complete care record and stay engaged throughout the care continuum.

4) Prepare for Mergers & Acquisitions
With healthcare M&A on the rise, healthcare IT departments must address the migration, synchronization, and ongoing management of electronic medical records. Aging, proprietary, disparate, and expensive PACS must be reconciled across expanding enterprise footprints.  “Rip-and-replace” solutions can be time consuming and costly, and many IT organizations simply cannot afford to undergo a multi-year migration and reconciliation project. Yet, organizations must continue to support the real-time, day-to-day challenges of increasing study orders, intra-enterprise communication, and data sharing, along with the rising demand for anytime-anywhere access to patient data.  At the end of the day, we are all here to provide the best patient care possible.

Mach7’s Enterprise Imaging Platform allows consolidating healthcare systems to rapidly cleanse, synchronize, and standardize image management across the enterprise. Isolated PACS are unlocked and patient data becomes patient care intelligence.  Standardization of patient data access and storage across the enterprise enables advanced data mining, streamlined image management, optimized DR, visualization flexibility, and simplified image enablement of the EMR system.  Consolidation of storage and reduced management of siloed PACS significantly reduces an organization’s capital investment and ongoing management of disparate image archiving systems.