region use cases

Here’s how our products and services enable archiving, communication, access, and sharing of imaging and patient data in regional healthcare settings.

1) Enable Access and Sharing Through a Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Health Information Exchanges (HIE) provide great value in access and sharing of medical data with and between physicians and patients. The ability for HIEs to provide access and therefore sharing is directly dependent on the format and communication capabilities of the electronic health records (EHR).

Mach7 delivers an Enterprise Imaging Platform built on neutrality. With neutrality, Mach7 provides advanced capabilities to translate and transform medical data into a standards-based format that may be consistently communicated and accessed. Through enabling an HIE through a vendor neutral platform, access and sharing is simplified.

When hospitals, doctor’s offices and imaging facilities need to access and share patient records, including imaging documents, procedures, and study information, a Health Information Exchange (HIE) provides a platform to facilitate secure data access and sharing across regions without moving patient data away from its enterprise storage location.

Through simple and intuitive interfaces, Mach7’s Enterprise Image Management solutions allow physicians across departments and regions to view patient data and collaborate in real-time on studies and procedures directly from their existing workflows.

Our Enterprise Image Management solutions make it easy for healthcare teams (hospitals, imaging centers and other diagnostic centers) to make their images available securely from any location and to coordinate care more effectively and efficiently.

Managing and sharing diagnostic-quality images and instantly sharing them in the context of the patient’s full medical history helps referring physicians and clinicians provide more effective diagnosis, care planning, and delivery of healthcare services regardless of storage location, format, and modality. Mach7 gives physicians across the region a clearer and more complete picture of patient imaging and care.

2) Establish a Regional Image Repository
The enterprise extends beyond the “four walls” of any single healthcare facility or network.  Managing medical images and the demand for real-time and “near real-time” access to patient data across the expanding enterprise is driving image access and sharing solutions to deliver solutions at a faster rate.

Referring physicians and clinicians need access to imaging data that may be resident in other networks, in proprietary formats, or on non-traditional media. A central image repository supports a network of physicians and clinicians and provides access to localized imaging formats, speeds delivery of care, reduces IT support costs, and puts the care information clinicians need at their fingertips.

Mach7’s Enterprise Imaging Management solutions allow affiliated healthcare enterprises, such as radiology and cardiology departments, private physicians, clinics, long-term and acute care centers, and imaging centers, to contribute, access, and share imaging documents (images, pictures, videos, and exam data) easily. Specialty departments can continue to store records in local PACS, and Mach7’s Enterprise Imaging Management solutions allow physicians to share patient care information with partnering healthcare organizations through securely shared links.

Unlock patient imaging data across the enterprise and reduce data management overhead, storage costs, and cross-enterprise confusion while increasing patient and clinician satisfaction with care delivery.

3) Empower Patients and Physicians to Access and Share Healthcare Data
Coordinating patient care effectively and efficiently across healthcare facilities requires “breaking down” traditional data sharing barriers.  A patient’s “life cycle of care” can span multiple care locations across affiliated and unaffiliated care organizations.  Mach7 recognizes that access to accurate and complete care history is vital to facilitating care and reducing the expense of care delivery.

Using Mach7’s enterprise imaging solutions, patients, referring physicians, general practitioners, and clinicians can easily and securely access and share procedure and study information regardless of where the care was administered. Coordinating healthcare teams can accurately identify “priors” in archived records systems, reducing redundant and expensive imaging procedures. This level of regional access and sharing of patient data can have an immediate and direct impact on patient outcomes, hospital costs, and diagnostic time.

The impact of eliminating redundant and errant orders is significant. The leading cause of incorrectly ordered exams is a failure to match current patient information with prior patient data stored in specialty archives. Most PACS do not accurately match patient information on new orders with archived data across the enterprise. PACS data becomes “dirty” and outdated and the value of the archived records deteriorates over time. When patient information changes (e.g., name changes), primary tags and patient ID information must be updated across existing archived records to maintain record accuracy.

Mach7 Communication Workflow Engine ensures that archived records are up-to-date, synchronized, and that EMR data is enhanced with links to all relevant imaging data. With Mach7, patient data is transformed into patient care intelligence. Radiology orders can be verified and compared. This level of decision support and intelligence is essential and can be easily and securely shared across regional and care center boundaries.

Complete patient care information improves communication and sharing between general practitioners, referring physicians, clinicians, and ultimately patients. Improved cross-network information sharing builds connections across the care continuum improving patient safety and satisfaction with care delivery, while reducing care and operating expenses.