From the American Trauma Society’s Trauma Watch Newsletter (6/21/2010)
Fairfield Medical Center (Ohio) implements Tele-Imaging system Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster has become one of the first hospitals in central Ohio to adopt OhioHealth‟s Tele-Imaging system, which allows the hospital to transfer real-time patient images to Grant Medical Center‟s Level I trauma center in Columbus, the Lancaster Eagle Gazette reported. The system electronically transfers imaging scans—including X-rays and CT scans—from regional hospitals to OhioHealth‟s acute care hospitals, where providers can diagnose patients and coordinate with trauma surgeon teams before patients reach the facility. In addition to expediting care and allowing for more timely interventions, the system also may reduce unnecessary imaging tests and radiation exposure. Since the program launched, 60% of patients transferred to Grant have not required additional imaging scans, according to an FMC release. The system also stores images from across the OhioHealth network, which enables providers to compare patients‟ scans to previous images. (6/11, available through www.lancastereaglegazette.com; Fairfield release, 6/6, available through www.fmchealth.org).