DICOM transition

“After using RVC Clinical Assistant in the Dermatology Department, we implemented it in the Ophthalmology Department. In Ophthalmology, more and more DICOM modalities were connected to RVC Clinical Assistant. The DICOM transition actually started there. From there, we looked at how the work process and workflow of doctors could be supported.”

From the Electronic Health Record, HL7 messages are sent to RVC Clinical Assistant that subsequently sends a worklist to the modalities. These modalities then ensure that the patient and research data are being forwarded. The doctor can then review the results of the examination in RVC Clinical Assistant.

“In the hospital I see that different point solutions are being used. An example of this is a system for mole mapping. RVC offers the possibility to integrate the images and data in a simple way. As a result, this solution works seamlessly with RVC Clinical Assistant. You can view the images with annotations in RVC Clinical Assistant. Those are developments that you see emerging.”

More and more images are captured within specialisms. This gives the workflow a very important position in how the work of the specialist can be simplified and accelerated. Thomas: “That is right. At Ophthalmology you have a number of worklists that are linked per device. Patients are placed on such a worklist. They report to the room and their patient data is then directly available on the device. Images and measurements that are taken are then immediately stored and available in RVC Clinical Assistant. It is a closed-loop which works very well and prevents incorrect registration.”

Reporting in RVC Clinical Assistant

“In addition, the reporting we do with RVC Clinical Assistant has been an important development. We do this for Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Medicine. Doctors can diagnose the image in a simple and quick way and enter a report by means of a decision tree. External links ensure that information from the report is sent to external registration systems including DICA (Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing) and Vrest (education portfolio information). This is also a development that continues to grow. That is really nice.

All links with quality registers continue to expand. There is an increase in registrations in healthcare. Thanks to the integrations in the software,  registration pressure for doctors is removed. After all, as a user you don’t have to click as much. For example, a letter to a general practitioner can be drawn up and sent within a few mouse clicks. Therefore, doctors no longer have to print out a letter or copy/paste it into a correspondence module in the Electronic Health Record.”

Collaboration

“The collaboration with RVC is very pleasant. We receive answers to our questions quickly and the communication is clear.

The application is also easy to use and manage. As a result we can quickly guide users and help them swiftly with any questions. As we have agreed with a site license, the application is available to everyone in the LUMC.

RVC is continuously working on the implementation of standardization. This makes customization unnecessary on our side, and makes the application more stable. That’s also the feedback we get from end-users: it’s stable and easy to use. Our users are very positive, just like us.”