Informatizzazione di un servizio di neuroradiologia: L'esperienza dell'Ospedale Bellaria

Translated title of the contribution: Computerization of a neuroradiology service: The experience of Bellaria Hospital

R. Agati, L. Simonetti, P. Pozzi, A. Bacci, C. Barbara, B. Bernardi, P. Cenni, S. Giatti, M. Leonardi

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Abstract

A RIS/PACS system for the filing and management of patient records, alphanumeric data associated with examinations and images has been designed and implemented at the Neuroradiology Service of Bellaria Hospital, Bologna. Before tendering the project out for contract, it was decided to abandon printing images on film in favour of storing iconography on CD-R, which preserves the legal validity of the stored document. The images of the neuroradiological examination are printed on paper and delivered to patients or wards. The tender was devised to be in service considering the rapid technological obsolescence of the systems involved. The core of the system is the Ethernet network (100 Mb/s) linking up the diagnostic equipment, the PACS system workstations for reports and consultation, the RIS system workstations, the digitizer films devoted to digitalization of the historical archive and patient records, the RIS and PACS servers, the multimedial system and the printers on paper and film. The staff rapidly adapted to the new technology, also because it is relatively easy to use the programmes described (technology maturity). In our short experience, implementation of this system has simplified the running of the Neuroradiology Service which has led to an improvement in the quality of patient care thanks to: Virtually immediate availability of the patient's previous scans; Possibility to consult with other colleagues; Real time availability of images and reports in the wards, essential for critically ill patients; Drastic reduction in waiting times for reports (from one week to immediate availability); Shortening in the waiting list of patients queuing to book examinations thanks to integration with the national health booking service (CUP) and the availability of personal data on Bologna residents.

Translated title of the contributionComputerization of a neuroradiology service: The experience of Bellaria Hospital
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)497-508
Number of pages12
JournalRivista di Neuroradiologia
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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