A new, enterprise-wide radiology platform utilizing an advanced digital imaging system will unify all radiology departments and streamline care at acute hospitals across the Partners HealthCare system. The new platform will enable Partners providers across the network to immediately access any patient imaging done at Partners institutions. It’s part of our Partners 2.0 initiative, aimed at creating efficiencies and identifying opportunities across the health system to improve both the patient and provider experience.
“Moving to this enterprise platform will require enhanced collaboration, but we know that it is only by working together to scale our best practices across the system that we are able to extract value and realize the full potential of this effort,” said Stephen Ledbetter, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Medical Imaging IT, Brigham Health.
With the new platform—encompassing all forms of diagnostic imaging including MRI, CT, ultrasound, and x-ray—providers will be able to access to all imaging from any Partners hospital, saving time for both patients and providers. Until now, radiology departments across Partners, including those at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), have maintained separate diagnostic imaging storage, viewing, and reporting platforms. Rollout of the new platform will begin in the coming months at BWH and MGH, with additional Partners institutions scheduled for phase two.
The initiative comes on the heels of two other recently announced Partners 2.0 projects: centralized credentialing and the move to a single vendor for large volume IV Pumps.
For the nearly one-third of Partners providers credentialed at multiple network locations, the new, enterprise-wide credentialing system launching next month will save significant time and resources. With the standardized credentialing process across all Partners Institutions, providers with appointments at more than one Partners hospital will only have to submit their application or reappointment details one time per cycle. Currently, those with appointments at MGH, BWH, and NSMC, for example, must complete all of the information separately at each hospital.
In addition, after obtaining input from a cross-Partners interdisciplinary group including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, biomedical, IT, and supply chain professionals over the course of a year, Partners will soon move to one vendor across the system for large volume IV infusions. This change will impact a broad range of clinicians and staff across the system, with the goal of streamlining care and costs by aligning purchasing based on best practices. Brigham Health will be the first to purchase the Baxter Spectrum IQ pumps; all other Partners institutions will implement the pumps as their current fleet of IV pumps near the end of their useful life.
“These are just a few of the many ways that this collaborative initiative is helping us to look at issues as a system to ensure that we are delivering care effectively and efficiently,” said Ledbetter. “We are fortunate to be able to bring to bear the strengths of individuals from our unique institutions to create programs and solutions that benefit all of our patients as well as our providers.”