Orlando Health is one of Florida’s most comprehensive private, not-for-profit healthcare networks with six leading community hospitals, two nationally recognized specialty hospitals and one world-class cancer center. With over 2,200 physicians and 50 referring facilities, it was crucial that Orlando Health provide physicians with real-time access to medical images in order to appropriately plan for patient care.
Dr. Timothy Bullard
Chief Medical Officer of Business Development & Innovation
However, referring providers would often send patients’
medical images and records via CDs that were incompatible,
unloadable or forgotten. Both patients and
physicians grew frustrated with the time wasted from
repeat imaging scans. Additionally, the lack of access
to medical records led to unnecessary transfers and
overcapacity, because doctors weren’t able to make
decisions regarding care prior to a patient’s arrival.
Three years ago Orlando Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Timothy Bullard, and the hospital’s Business Development and Innovation team began their search to identify ways of using technology to improve workflow efficiency and link doctors. The department went through iterations trying to set up an internal network, and then attempted to implement an intermediary server—both proved too difficult to manage.
Growing frustrated, Bullard and his colleagues stumbled across PowerShare™ Image Sharing. “We saw that it was realistic and a good solution for us, and it turned out to be just that,” he said.