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STREAMLINED TECHNOLOGIST WORKFLOW FOR COMPLETING PATIENT EXAMS INVOLVING DATA ACQUISITIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236123D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

The invention proposes a technique to streamline technologists’ workflow to complete patient exams involving data acquisition. The proposed technique enables a clinical technologist to efficiently complete the data acquisition for a patient scan without having to physically move between different systems to formally mark the completion of the patient scan.

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STREAMLINED TECHNOLOGIST WORKFLOW FOR COMPLETING PATIENT EXAMS INVOLVING DATA ACQUISITIONS

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to a system involved in patient scans and more particularly to a technique to efficiently complete data acquisition for patient scans.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A variety of medical equipments such as Magnetic Resonance (MR), Computed Tomography (CT), X-ray, Ultrasound, Electrocardiogram (ECG) and others are used to acquire/gather patient data. The patient data can be either physiological data or image data (such as from radiology exams). At the end of the exam the technologist marks the completion of that particular exam on that modality. After this, the technologist typically moves over (physically) to another computer console - usually that of the department scheduling system (such as a Radiology Information System) to select the record for the patient who just underwent the scan and mark the completion of exam after filling in any further required information such as billing codes etc. This greatly increases the chances for transcription errors while copying or re-entering information on different systems. As this workflow involves multiple computer systems to be maintained around the exam rooms, this increases the physical footprint of computer equipment in the exam room.

Hence there exists a need for an efficient technique to complete data acquisition for patient scans.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention proposes a technique to prepare a streamlined technologist workflow to complete patient exams involving data acquisition. The proposed technique enables a clinician technologist to efficiently complete the data acquisition for a patient scan. The technique enables the clinician technologist to not to physically move between different system to formally mark the completion of the patient scan.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention proposes a technique to streamline technologists’ workflow to complete patient exams involving data acquisition. The proposed technique enables a clinical technologist to efficiently complete the data acquisition for a patient scan without having to physically move between different systems to formally mark the completion of the patient scan.

FIG. 1 below depicts a patient data acquisition workflow with the invention proposal.

FIG. 1

The invention proposes an easier and more efficient workflow where the technologist can access the departmental scheduling system from the acquisition device itself without having to physically move to a different location. This would be made possible by providing same access to the scheduling system’s...