Imaging and Communication Systems in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Imaging and Communication Systems in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Graham Parry (Middlemore Hospital, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-078-3.ch006
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Abstract

Information technology and communication systems have made imaging in women’s health easier at many levels. There are now many commercial systems on the market, which improve the management of appointment systems, digital storage, and reporting of images, transmission of reports, teaching, and consultation particularly in large departments. This chapter discusses the use of communication technology for many aspects of imaging including transfer of images, data storage, teaching, and training as well as audit and accounting or budgeting, information sharing and research. Ultrasound imaging is used within the examples for this chapter, although many of the comments apply equally to other imaging modalities such as Xray, CT scanning, or MRI.
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Appointment Systems

Computerisation of appointments allow:

  • Appropriate allocation of time for different examinations. Many manual systems are rigid in time scheduling. Many computerised appointment systems can have an expected time for a particular examination customised into the software and therefore automatically generate the correct time allowance.

  • Allocation of appointments from different clinics or receptionist sites. If different sites can access the computer program, rather than a manual system at one site, time can be saved by reducing the need for telephoning that site as well as reducing error from mishearing the time that is spoken.

  • Generation of appointment letters

  • Reappointments for patients who DNA (Do Not Attend)

  • Generation of worklists on ultrasound equipment. When the worklist is on the ultrasound screen then patient data can be selected.

  • Allocation of staff and equipment depending on the workload of the day.

  • Integration with systems such as the electronic health record.

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