The programme allows a radiologist at one Kaiser Permanente medical centre to read studies across the entire Kaiser Permanente Northern California region. "With the tremendous success we've had with our KP Hawk programme, we are ready to implement one of the largest virtual radiology environments in North America", stated Dr. James Chang, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group.
The Permanente Medical Group is the largest medical group in the country, with 170 radiologists and more than 5000 clinicians providing health care to 3,2 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California. "Because our patients often seek care at multiple facilities, not only will the iSite PACS improve the ability of clinicians to diagnose, collaborate and deliver patient care, but it will also give our patients peace of mind knowing that their images can be accessed by clinicians at any Kaiser Permanente facility in Northern California", Dr. Chang stated.
"Today, we are recognized as a national leader in clinical quality. The ability to transmit radiologic images throughout our integrated delivery system is a major competitive advantage for us and a tremendous advance for our patients", he added. "Kaiser's goal is to move to a filmless environment in 2004 with a virtual radiology department and true enterprise-wide image distribution", explained Oran Muduroglu, President and CEO of Stentor.
"With 18 facilities in Northern California, they needed an imaging partner that could provide a dependable multi-site solution across a broad geographic region. We are very proud to be working with Kaiser Permanente in a project of this scale that will greatly improve patient care across Northern California", Oran Muduroglu continued.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California will manage over two million imaging studies with iSite PACS in 2004 throughout their radiology departments, orthopaedic areas, emergency rooms, doctors' offices and homes. The filmless virtual radiology department will pave the way for future application integration.
Stentor Inc., a San Francisco-based medical informatics company, is an expert in medical image and information management. Through the company's iSyntax technology, Stentor has created the iSite "Enterprise First" Picture Archive and Communications System for image distribution, radiology reading and always on-line long-term storage with guaranteed 99,99 percent uptime. iSite's work flow engine is powered by Imaging Suite, a radiology work flow solution.