Carestreams RIS Mammography Module Improves Screening Administration
It is not only the examination itself that makes mammography screening programmes successful, an intelligent integration of the data into the hospital´s RIS is another integral part of it. Since last year, a new mammography module for the Carestream RIS, is improving mammography screening administration in three of Denmark's five regions. Development work on the innovative module was initiated by Ringsted Sygehus in the Sjaelland Region, following a successful bid for Government funding to finance the project.
The company worked closely with radiologists and administration personnel at Ringsted Sygehus to develop unique mammography RIS applications, including double blind reading functionality and customised order entry. The RIS can easily be configured to enable the extraction of statistical data for workflow analysis, evaluation and improved administration, e.g. participation rates, number of detected carcinomas, tumour size, type of tumour, false positives and false negatives. The capability for real-time web conferencing also facilitates case discussions and is of particular benefit in achieving multiple radiologist consensus.
Since development, the module is also now installed at Rigshospitalet/Herlev in Hovedstaden Region and Arhus Sygehus in Midtjylland Region, with all three regions managing 60% of all mammography screening in Denmark.
As part of the screening process, each region handles around 80,000 women annually, taking four mammograms of each patient. European guidelines stipulate that each image must be read independently by two radiologists, and in the case of disagreement, a third. The new double blind reading functionality of the RIS mammography module streamlines this process improving workflow and productivity.
New RIS Mammography Module
Phase two of the project was conducted in July 2008. This involved development of a “Patient Portal”, which allows women to change an inconvenient appointment and reschedule online, with the RIS automatically updating the new appointment details. This development is also proving of interest to the Icelandic Cancer Society, where Carestream Health won a mammography screening order in December 2007.
In Iceland, women are given the opportunity to participate in the programme rather than directly invited, with the onus on them to instigate an appointment. The ability to
book and reschedule online is therefore very important in encouraging women to attend screening.
"I am thrilled about the specific development of the RIS mammography module and double blind reading, as it perfectly configures to our workflow,” said Dr Nikolaj Borg Mogensen, Chief Mammography Radiologist for the Sjælland Region. “The forthcoming web module where women can change their scheduled times over the internet will also increase our performance. We feel that we are helping Carestream Health to build the best RIS on the market."