Health IT im Jahr 2018: Structured Reporting

Wie Sie als Mediziner mit strukturierter Befundung Qualität steigern und Zeit sparen

Täglich steigender Kostendruck und wachsender Mitbewerb richten den Fokus des Radiologen dieser Tage mehr und mehr auf Effizienz und Wettbewerbsvorteile. Erfahren Sie in diesem englisch-sprachigen Artikel in der Fachzeitschrift „European Hospital“ zur Medica mehr über den Einsatz von SIX im medizinischen Umfeld.

cobago SIX and next generation findings management

Today the healthcare IT market offers myriads of so called comprehensive solutions for digitization of administrative processes. But in real life long and verbose diagnoses and medical findings – and even paper based documentation – are still wide spread.

Daily increasing cost pressure and growing competition shifts the radiologist´s focus to even more efficiency and competitive edge. With cobago SIX, the mobile IT specialist cobago now offers instant structured reporting and improved workflow management, hereby unburdening the physician from the obstacles of administration.

Generating written findings and reports according to given regulations today adds up to more than half of the daily work within a hospital. The „classical way“ is is not only time-consuming but highly error-prone. Moreover, reports consist of multiple media types such as texts, DICOM images and other data. This complicates central archiving and reuse in subsequent processes: It´s high time to use the power of mobile and intelligent information systems in order to increase the efficiency of medical staff and increase overall documentation quality.

cobago SIX turns tablet computers into on site digital assistants for documentation and valuation of medical facts on site and in the doctor´s office. Due to its architecture and function, SIX is optimal for structured data collection and diagnosis in radiology and other medical faculties.

At first SIX offers structured scheme based fact collection, image adding, signature and auto-forwarding, this all based on intelligent case dependent self modifying checklists. Based on this, SIX automatically creates uniformly structured documents and in parallel digital data for subsequent analytics, comparative evaluation and handover to 3rd party medical information systems.

As an example, a SIX checklist documents a CT or MRT of the thorax with suspected carcinoma. The radiologist – using his tablet – completes a predefined thorax carcinoma checklist with the respective parameters. These may include written or spoken text, numbers, checkboxes select buttons as well as signature, files and images. Important key indicators are calculated and plausibilities are checked straightaway.  Non conformities and errors are automatically identified and can be corrected at once.

Automated collection, valuation, analytics and retrieval

In the subsequent workflow the signed document is transferred to a central location. Here a complete, semantically correct and ready to print report of text elements plus embedded photos and signatures is automatically generated. All data are additionally stored in a database and can be analyzed one by one or as a whole.

cobago SIX is an open, highly flexible, customizable ecosystem. It can be easily adapted to different medical use cases and requirements, starting with the definition of checklists and ending with gateways to 3rd party information systems and subsequent processes, on site or at other sector locations. For this reason the SIX ecosystem can not only be adjusted to different content and processual requirements but can also be seamlessly integrated into virtually any hospital IT infrastructure.

As a result, the quality of diagnosis is optimized, results are categorized and standardized, findings become comparable and digitally searchable – without any further action of a physician.

The advantages are obvious: The productivity increases for a given staff size, process cost decrease – through reduction of data collection errors and even more through growing transparency of the whole radiologic examination process. The team members are able to even more focus on the patient and to their own core competencies, rather than fighting the perfidy of different tools for texting, layout and data storage. Central organization and IT benefit from unified digital formats, reliable and precise examination documentations, from automatic compliance to regulations and standards – and from complete accounting information records.

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