The World’s First Imaging EMR Software – OmegaAI | RamSoft
November 9, 2022
Automation of ecosystem, patient autonomy, and democratized healthcare are concepts increasingly underpinning the patient care models and strategic planning for many of today’s healthcare providers, particularly where medical imaging is concerned. Deploying an Imaging EMR and the patient-centric automation it offers elevates patient outcomes and is becoming the cornerstone of faster, empowered healthcare.
Since RamSoft’s 2022 introduction of OmegaAI, the world’s first SaaS platform Imaging EMR, healthcare enterprises are evaluating their environments to consider options that will more effectively evolve their operations. So, what exactly is an Imaging EMR and why should organizations deploy it?
Jump in with us as we provide insights into key considerations:
- What is an EMR? What is an Imaging EMR?
- What is the Difference Between an EMR and an Imaging EMR?
- What Should You Consider Before Buying an Imaging EMR Solution?
- What is OmegaAI?
- The Unique Features of OmegaAI – The World’s First Imaging EMR
- Who Can Use OmegaAI?
- How Can Your Enterprise Benefit from an Imaging EMR Solution?
What is an EMR?
An EMR (electronic medical record) is a digital form of documentation that contains any relevant patient medical information (e.g., medical history, diagnoses, immunizations, medications, test/lab results, clinician notations, etc.).
Generated from within a single facility, an EMR serves as a comprehensive online medical record of data and a diagnostic & treatment planning tool.
EMRs transcend traditional paper charts — their electronic format enables the seamless delivery of optimal patient care by facilitating easy and timely collaboration between members of a patient’s healthcare team, including those located within various departments of an EMR hospital and other healthcare facilities.
Ultimately, EMR usage translates to a reduction of medical errors and increased patient safety by way of maximized accuracy and efficiency.
What is an Imaging EMR?Essential for radiology practices, Imaging EMRs – are designed specifically to combine formally separate systems (EMR/EHRs, RIS, HIS, PACS, VNAs) into one system that will sit in the center of a healthcare organization or ecosystem providing instant access to medical data to patients and providers.
Effective Imaging EMRs should offer easy and fast deployment models to provide instant ROI to users. This ease of deployment should also be coupled with a highly intuitive user interface, compatibility with traditional and portable devices, a 360-degree view of a patient’s health record as well as the capability of connecting with other practices seamlessly.
Since the inception of meaningful use and the advent of EHRs, Imaging EMRs follow the necessary guidelines outlining the nature of the transmission of clinical patient data between healthcare providers, insurers, and patients. In this way, patient autonomy is assured, and democratized healthcare is fostered.
What is the Difference Between an EMR and an Imaging EMR?
If an Imaging EMR can manage all the functionalities of an EMR, why consider OmegaAI?
The added value of implementing an Imaging EMR solution is there is no longer a need to migrate data. Forklift migrations and upgrades are relics of the past! Users appreciate the instant ROI beginning from Day One of deployment.
An Imaging EMR can facilitate automated workflows within the healthcare ecosystem regardless of whether the EMR systems being utilized are from the same or separate vendors.
What is the benefit of using an EMR and Imaging EMR together?Many facilities are content with their existing solutions, whether that is PACS, RIS, or EMRs/EHRs, etc., and are keen to continue using them without having to go through costly and time-intensive implementations requiring data migrations and extensive staff training.
However, OmegaAI’ s Imaging EMR:
Allows healthcare enterprises to stay working with the solutions they prefer providing democratization of healthcare to providers. Within OmegaAI, there is even further democratization by offering radiologists a choice on the user level of which viewer they prefer to utilize for interpretations.
Patients benefit greatly when components such as Blume, OmegaAI’s patient portal, can conjoin all a healthcare organization’s different portals into a single point of access.
What Should You Consider Before Buying an Imaging EMR Solution?
- Order & Study Management
- Ease of Use
- Master Patient Index
- Referral Management
- Online Patient Portal
- Security and Compliance
- Business Intelligence and Analytics
RamSoft’s OmegaAI offers all of the above-outlined unique features, including the peerless patient record matching-linking tool, OmegaAI-Sync. Explore more!
What is OmegaAI?OmegaAI is an expandable and future-ready Imaging EMR solution tailored to assist healthcare enterprises in delivering faster, empowered care. OmegaAI uses a cloud-native, serverless platform endowing it with medical imaging interoperability to seamlessly integrate with any of the latest in-market or legacy systems.
OmegaAI’s proprietary design consolidates all medical imaging software solutions including VNA, Enterprise Imaging, PACS, and RIS systems, and offers a unified worklist, simplified image exchange/sharing, routing & storage, a zero-footprint (ZFP) viewer, unified worklist, radiologist reporting, document management, peer review, collaborative tools, patient portal, seamless integrations following HL7 or FHIR standards, real-time business intelligence and analytics, automated workflows, billing, a vendor app marketplace, and so much more.
The Unique Features of OmegaAI — The World’s First Imaging EMROmegaAI’s impressive features enable healthcare ecosystems to operate in a centrally monitored, silo-free environment. Here’s how:
1. View Patient Images from Any Device, at Any Time
“Zero-footprint viewer” is a term that refers to a cloud-based clinical image and report viewer designed to enable immediate access to patient data and medical images via various systems from literally anywhere, regardless of the browser or device being utilized.
The zero-footprint viewer offered in OmegaAI allows for a vendor-neutral viewing experience where patient images and reports can be easily and securely accessed, and timely diagnoses determined.
Psst! OmegaAI’s zero-footprint viewer is also FDA-cleared.
2. Route & Store Medical Images and DocumentsOmegaAI’s image and document routing operate as infinitely expansible within a cloud-native, serverless habitat. This innovative approach offers healthcare enterprises image and document consolidation across disparate systems, providing a solid foundation for comprehensive 360° views of patients’ medical histories.
OmegaAI’s cloud-native architecture also facilitates smart routing across an enterprise. With manual routing needs reduced by automated workflow routing, increased speed and time savings along with optimized productivity are key benefits…as well as possessing a healthcare ecosystem that follows clinical teams wherever they are.
3. Get Holistic Views of Patient Data
OmegaAI consolidates images and data from any system, providing healthcare teams with a comprehensive view of all the studies a patient has undergone within their lifetime.
These holistic patient records grant healthcare providers a thorough grasp of their patients’ medical histories (including past outcomes and treatments), contributing toward speedier and more accurate clinical decisions and treatments.
Also, by aggregating data to link and identify patients into a single record (thanks to OmegaAI’s powerful eMPI, OmegaAI-Sync – see Feature #9), this results in decreased costs to the patient and better patient care outcomes by the provider.
4. Securely Exchange Your Images SeamlesslyOmegaAI offers a consummate image exchange experience. In other words, healthcare organizations no longer require creating a patchwork of disparate solutions (e.g., PACS, RIS, VNA, etc.) to leverage all the functionality and optimized workflows needed for the reduction of delays and the delivery of effective patient care.
OmegaAI utilizes advanced automation technology, including robust scripting, to automate imaging workflows — all that is needed is OmegaAI as the base for transformative workflow optimization.
OmegaAI’s FHIR compliance facilitates a secure and seamless exchange of EMRs/EHRs between practices to expedite patient care. OmegaAI is compliant with FHIR R4, the latest maturity model.
5. Generate Concise, Accurate Radiologist Reports
OmegaAI’s intuitive interface allows radiologists to easily annotate, edit, and change reports resulting in thorough, more detailed documentation for diagnostic and treatment determinations.
OmegaAI enables radiologists to produce structured reports with a dynamic suite of care-optimizing functionalities including AI image & reporting tools including a powerful mammography reading and reporting component — which ultimately facilitate faster, empowered care.
6. Bolster Effective Peer ReviewOmegaAI’s Imaging EMR platform makes peer review effortless. Clinical peer review is a crucial process in the maintenance of the integrity and quality of healthcare.
Smooth, secure data sharing, interconnectivity, and universal worklist offered in OmegaAI work together to support peer reviews to make for a simple and quick process (i.e., retrospective chart review).
Additionally, unimpeded access must also align with the legal component of peer reviews. Under existing laws (particularly within the USA), a doctor’s medical determination may be subject to peer review and investigation at any point in time.
7. Collaborate Timely and EfficientlyOmegaAI offers collaboration tools designed to facilitate seamless consultation between a patient’s healthcare team, allowing for timely, effective delivery of responsive patient care.
Some of these key tools involve a built-in messaging app, OmegaAI-Link (see Feature #8), quick access to relevant patient data via the OmegaAI Dial (OmegaAI’s proprietary navigation tool that provides users access to key functions such as its Image Viewer, Document Viewer, Study History, Send Study, as well as management interfaces for studies, visits, orders, and patient information), IdP integration, longitudinal study history, study import & management.
8. Enhance Data Sharing & Communications with Peerless InterconnectivityOmegaAI-Link is OmegaAI’s answer to ensuring a centrally monitored, silo-free healthcare ecosystem. OmegaAI-Link leverages DICOM web support technology to connect various healthcare networks, community networks, remote radiology sites, and other facilities.
OmegaAI-Link comes as an “install and forget” feature — it is zero-cost to operate and is designed to be low-maintenance.
9. Easily Merge Your RecordsOmegaAI-Sync is the seamless image exchange engine of the OmegaAI platform.
OmegaAI-Sync is a dynamic enterprise master patient index (eMPI) that improves matching capabilities using artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning algorithms that work to understand who a patient is across a healthcare ecosystem despite gaps in data or patient record errors.
An eMPI like OmegaAI-Sync is geared to safeguard the accuracy and consistency of patient data throughout a healthcare ecosystem, no matter where in it the data is being updated.
10. Automate Your Front DeskOmegaAI is well equipped to efficiently streamline front desk operations as well as the patient intake process contributing to increased time savings (for both staff and patients) and optimized patient experiences.
The front desk automations possible with OmegaAI include:
- Automated scheduling
- Appointment confirmations & reminders
- Remote forms via OmegaAI's patient portal app, Blume (see Feature #11)
- Remote check-in AKA self check-in (this is exclusively offered in OmegaAI!)
- Automated status updates & workflow
- Automated sharing of images and reports with providers based on patient preferences
11. Offer an Accessible Patient-Centric Experience
The OmegaAI-native patient portal, Blume, is a digital app intuitively designed with patient autonomy in mind that extends patient experience beyond any conventional patient portal.
Blume allows patients to control how, when, and to whom they share their health information while giving patients a full view of their own medical history, including images and files from previous scans and procedures.
Enabling patients to access and control of their health-related information directly contributes to more insightful discussions with their doctors…and inspires more informed decisions on the healthcare they receive.
12. Gain Invaluable, Accurate Business Insights
Root is the business intelligence and analytics hub within OmegaAI’s Imaging EMR platform. Interactive TAT (turnaround time) dashboards generate actionable real-time data analytics and reporting fundamental in helping healthcare enterprises make faster, more informed decisions toward improving the quality of care they deliver.
Root’s user-friendly interface grants healthcare management teams the ability to easily perform key required business functions including:
- Access to organizational data, where and when needed
- User access control management
- Report customization and programming setup
- Develop AI-automated forecasting and trending models
- Threshold Alerts based on data points
13. Process Patient Billing Accurately, On TimeOmegaAI’s workflow automation ensures a streamlined front desk experience where a patient’s billing information is accurate, and payments are timely transmitted and concisely recorded. Manual tasking is reduced decreasing time (and cost) consuming data entry errors.
For patients, remote check-in and forms allow patients to share their up-to-date insurance billing information conveniently and securely with their healthcare providers resulting in faster care and improved patient satisfaction.
14. Leverage Artificial Intelligence & AutomationOmegaAI Imaging EMR users benefit greatly from the AI and automation capabilities available throughout the platform. The AI and machine learning technology operating within OmegaAI:
- Drives the universal patient by way of the OmegaAI’s eMPI, OmegaAI-Sync
- Assists radiologist imaging reporting & reading
- Powers the smart protocols (learns how radiologists read and hang medical images)
- Aids in radiological reporting (automatically structuring reports, etc.)
- Fuels reporting analytics forecasting and trending (via Root)
- Automating administrative processes
- Eliminating errors and misdiagnoses
- Facilitating better workflow efficiencies
- Removing the burden of manual tasking to allow radiologists more time to read and accurately interpret patient images
15. Save Time with Voice RecognitionVoice recognition dictation systems serve as a more efficient and productive alternative to traditional transcription services. Utilizing an Imaging EMR solution like OmegaAI that offers voice recognition and voice tools allows healthcare enterprises to increase cost savings and tighten turnaround times for reports.
The voice recognition native within OmegaAI is medical-grade voice-to-text. How it works is voice commands trigger nearly all the user’s interaction through the use of their voice (Think Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri). OmegaAI’s voice recognition feature can also integrate with third-party providers via OmegaAI’s marketplace.
16. Build Your Own Imaging EMROmegaAI supports customized design scenarios using scripting and third-party apps which are available via OmegaAI’s app marketplace. RamSoft continues to establish partnerships with partner vendors and app developers to offer a growing selection of dynamic imaging workflow automation and interface tools.
Effortless customization and navigation with OmegaAI galvanize healthcare providers to maximize overall operational efficiency toward delivering faster care and better clinical outcomes.
17. Experience “Password-less” Access
OmegaAI utilizes federated identity management — authorized users use a single set of login credentials to access various domains and applications.
Federated management control works to enable secure and efficient access to diverse applications by connecting a user identity across numerous identity management systems.
Who Can Use OmegaAI?
RamSoft’s Imaging EMR solution, OmegaAI, can benefit several medical use cases including:
RadiologyOmegaAI can enhance the capabilities of radiology EMR/EHR system integrated workflows by boosting time-saving efficiencies, expediting the diagnostic process, and ultimately facilitating faster, empowered care for patients. These operational enhancements encompass items such as seamless consultations with referring physicians, quicker study interpretations, improved radiologist resourcing, and greater ROI.
OncologyOmegaAI supports oncology EMR/EHR systems by optimizing care delivery and patient safety while safeguarding faster, empowered care for cancer patients. OmegaAI-bolstered oncology environments embody accurate documentation of clinical diagnoses and patient medical histories, planned and current treatment regimens, lab results, post-treatment outcomes, and medical imaging studies. Benefits for oncology patients include reduced medical errors, shortened wait times (for lab tests, visits, prescriptions, etc.), and more time spent with their doctors and healthcare teams.
CardiologyThe automation and workflow management within cardiology are conducive to effective faster, empowered heart care. OmegaAI centralizes all patient data and relevant clinical activities – telehealth, lab interfaces, scheduling, billing, etc. OmegaAI’s cloud-native architecture provides flexibility and overall operational efficiency cardiologists require to quickly determine a patient’s history, communicate better with patients, and streamline their administrative operations. Some examples include modality compatibility, automated report population of data captured via medical devices (echocardiograms (EKG), spirometers, Holter monitors, etc.), and EKG management system integration.
Nuclear Medicine ImagingOmegaAI’s consolidation of medical imaging data, systems, and modalities is ideal for the nuclear medicine imaging ecosystem. Nuclear medicine imaging requires the analysis of organ function to ascertain a diagnosis of disease, disorders, tumors, or infection. OmegaAI incorporates a patient’s nuclear medicine-related information – medical images, the nuclear medicine physician’s interpretation, scan type (e.g., renal, thyroid, gallium, bone, etc.), and referring doctor – into a complete medical record. The result? Quicker diagnostic results leading to transformative care delivery and treatment planning.
PathologyThe cloud-native, serverless platform that is OmegaAI makes pathology integrations totally seamless. OmegaAI supports pathology EMR functionality through reduced denials for billing and optimized clinical efficiencies for operations. OmegaAI also easily processes patient results transmitted from pathology laboratories by way of pathology EMR integration with RamSoft’s Imaging EMR solution. Patients and their doctors are in turn provided with a complete medical record equipped with accurate, timely disease diagnosis involving key pathological information such as biopsy sample reports, cell counts, tissue segmentation, etc.
DermatologyOmegaAI is a cloud-native SaaS solution that meets the key needs for better automation and maximized clinical efficiency of dermatological practices. OmegaAI has the flexibility to support the automation of the various functionalities of dermatology-specific EMR systems including billing (e.g., for multiple lesion treatment), dermatology-specific templates (e.g., acne consults, burns, psoriasis, cancer screenings), dermatologist annotations and study interpretations – all of which eliminate duplication of data entry and enable dermatologists to save time with their documentation…translating to faster, empowered care for dermatology patients. OmegaAI provides an easy-to-use interface to organize patient records as well as access and update a patient’s medical information. With OmegaAI, a dermatology practice can be effectively streamlined in every aspect including charting, billing, workflow management, lab integration, prescription management, evaluation coding options…even patient engagement and site portal consolidation (thanks to OmegaAI’s complete medical imaging patient engagement app, Blume!).
A key function that is essential for all the above-listed healthcare specialties is seamless, secure sharing of patient medical images and files. OmegaAI’s Imaging EMR platform enables effective collaboration between the clinicians of a patient’s healthcare team as well as allows patients to share their images and files with their doctors, family members, and friends.
How Can Your Enterprise Benefit from an Imaging EMR?Let’s look at an example of how RamSoft’s Imaging EMR platform, OmegaAI, successfully mobilized faster, empowered care for ABC Hospital, a fictional client:
About ABC Hospital
ABC Hospital is an urban regional medical facility specializing in acute care servicing the local population as well as the various rural communities surrounding the city. It offers a spectrum of healthcare services including diagnostic imaging, general surgery, emergency, obstetrics, pediatrics, medical and radiation oncology, and orthopedic surgery.
The hospital also serves as a training center for university residents as well as pharmacy and nursing students from the local college.
The Need for Faster, Empowered Care
A healthcare organization with a long history of providing care to the region, ABC Hospital has reached a crucial touchstone: it’s facing rising trends that are compelling its operational management team to seek a scalable solution that will improve care delivery, propel better patient outcomes, and drive sustainable ROI.
Steady urban and rural population growth has expanded the patient base the hospital needs to service, resulting in increased wait times and increased demand on the hospital’s staff and medical resources. Secondly, the hospital and its multiple departments utilize a network of new and legacy systems, with disparate systems operated by various departments. These informational silos make communications and the transmission of patient medical images and reports interdepartmentally – and externally – challenging. Better multi-system management is a key factor for the hospital’s purchasing team.
The Attractive Possibilities of OAI
OmegaAI’s seamless consolidation of various EMR systems software (VNA, PACS, RIS, Enterprise Imaging, etc.) along with the incomparable automation provided via the AI-supported functionalities, apps, and tools within its platform (see OmegaAI features discussed earlier within this blog) was a tremendous draw to ABC Hospital. It was clear from the demos and discussions shared by RamSoft that medical imaging workflow automation could be optimized to accelerate care for multiple levels of the care delivery model – from patient intake to referring physician to reading radiologist to consulting specialist to patient.
The hospital’s operations management and IT teams also immediately noted both the short and long-term value of implementing OmegaAI. To them, its cloud-native, serverless design translated to minimized operational cost and easy integration which would contribute ultimately to a consistent ROI for the hospital and align with the organization’s strategic objectives for sustainable growth and future planning.
The ability to better connect doctors and a growing base of patients was a paramount concern for ABC Hospital. To satisfy its mandate to offer premium value-based care, the hospital was attentive to the needs of each side of the healthcare equation: patient and doctor.
With Blume, RamSoft’s complete medical imaging patient engagement app, patients have a useful tool that empowers them to take charge of their healthcare journey leading to more informed and insightful discussions with their healthcare team. Concurrently, these more effective communications allow doctors to optimize the time spent with their patients.
The secure, industry-complaint data sharing and connectivity offered with OmegaAI’s suite of collaboration tools and peer review capability was a chief consideration for ABC Hospital’s training center component. Seamless, reliable transmission of patient data for the purpose of properly educating the next generation of healthcare professionals could be checked off with OmegaAI.
An Imaging EMR Implementation
Between the support offered by RamSoft’s Implementation team (composed of a Sales rep, Implementation and On-Boarding team specialist, Optimization Specialist, and a Customer Relationship Managers) and the accessible inventory of role-specific, self-directed training syllabi and videos, ABC Hospital’s IT team was able to expeditiously implement OmegaAI and integrate it into their existing infrastructure.
To support the EMR implementation of their legacy systems, ABC Hospital was offered the option to purchase traditional training models of remote and on-site training. Ultimately, the hospital reported an overall positive staff orientation thanks to OmegaAI’s intuitive design. Little to no formal user training was required.
Since the implementation of OmegaAI, ABC Hospital observed positive and widespread changes to its clinical operations and care delivery including:
- Marked increases in patient engagement
- Consistent upward trend in positive clinical outcomes
- Remarkable decreases in wait times
- Speedier diagnoses and turnaround times of studies
The workflow automation executed via OmegaAI has contributed directly to optimized efficiency in patient care delivery and organizational operations and administration. From generating accurate data insights in real-time with OmegaAI’s business intelligence reporting and analytics app, Root, to propelling significant time-savings in staff resourcing towards safeguarding against attrition and burnout (and the related costs involved therein!), the value of leveraging of OmegaAI’s workflow automation continues to reflect prominently in numerous areas of ABC Hospital’s operations.
OmegaAI’s minimal resourcing footprint and low cost to operate have helped to streamline the IT operations of ABC Hospital. Its cloud-native, serverless platform eliminates the requirement for VPNs.
The hospital’s IT team also noted how OmegaAI enables central management and facilitates maximal business uptime by way of smart routing. The team reported a decrease in network-related support and troubleshooting calls which freed the team to focus on other, previously de-prioritized projects such as future planning.
With the elimination of silos, ABC Hospital has benefited tremendously from OmegaAI’s seamless, reliable connectivity. Collaborations and consultations with clinicians from various departments, referring physicians, and external healthcare professionals continue to increase with a low margin of connection errors.
The front desk automation offered within OmegaAI has positively impacted the hospital’s patient scheduling process for every department. Adding an option in Blume’s easy-to-use patient portal interface allows patients to readily request and confirm appointments; it also enables reception staff to do the same in addition to filling last-minute slot availabilities. This optimizes scheduling efficiency and reduces the frequency of no-shows or double bookings.
ABC Hospital has attributed the high-caliber education achievements accomplished by its training students to OmegaAI’s cutting-edge technology. Accessing OmegaAI’s innovative collaboration tools and AI peer review capability has endowed students with accurate, context-specific medical information required to perform effectively in their chosen healthcare specialties. Several of the students have embarked on their healthcare careers as fully tenured staff at ABC Hospital.
Wrap-UpHealthcare organizations seeking to transform their patient care model to encompass patient autonomy and democratized healthcare can easily do so with the implementation of an Imaging EMR solution like RamSoft’s OmegaAI. OmegaAI’s innate ability to consolidate various EMR systems software is a veritable gamechanger in achieving faster, empowered, patient-centric care.
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