New platform boosts workflow for Seattle Radiologists

By Bernie Monegain
10:20 AM

Seattle Radiologists, a regional, high-volume radiology group that has been in operation for 45 years, is improving its workflow with new technology.

The group has rolled out the Corepoint Integration Engine (formerly NeoIntegrate), developed by Plano, Texas-based Corepoint Health, to improve and integrate its radiology workflow and application environment.

"As a large radiology practice with a growing referring base and increasing volumes of diagnostic readings, we needed an integration platform to better automate the flow of information and replace our costly point-to-point interface approach," said Thuan Nguyen, director of IT.

Nguyen said the Corepoint Integration Engine met an immediate need to integrate the practice's internal applications "more robustly and cost-effectively."

It also provides "more control in configuring, testing and deploying new interfaces within our timelines," he said. "We needed to eliminate wait times to implement interfaces through vendors. This is extremely important for imaging practices that read for multiple facilities. We need to have control and insight over the flow of information within our workflows."

Seattle Radiologists' previous point-to-point setup lacked the capability to alert the IT department when connections were down or an interface was encountering issues, Nguyen said. "With Corepoint Integration Engine's real-time monitoring and alerting features, we now have the capability to proactively resolve connection and interface issues, even receiving alerts before our partners or vendors identify them," he said.

The Corepoint Integration Engine makes it possible for the imaging practice to interface directly with various EMR, EHR, HIS and RIS systems, he added, and the integrated data exchange approach allows the practice to send reports electronically, significantly reducing cycle times and raising the level of service.