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  • Informatics
  • Informatics Tools Flow Chart

  • Informatic Workflow Chart

    RSNA informatics tools support effective solutions for clinical, research and education needs. The diagram above shows how informatics tools enhance critical steps in the radiology workflow.

    1. A primary care physician uses an electronic order-entry tool to request a radiology procedure using the unique RadLex Playbook code that provides a standard name for the procedure. The ordering system confirms its appropriateness against clinical guidelines and schedules the procedure. At the same time, the radiology department queries the RSNA Image Share information exchange network for prior images and retrieves a prior exam from another site. The seamless flow of information is made possible by standards-based interoperability specifications defined by IHE.

    2. Based on the Playbook code included in the order, the reporting system suggests a reporting template to ensure that relevant information is reported efficiently and consistently. The template might be developed locally or selected from the best practice templates available on the RSNA RadReport template library.

    3. Reports generated using RadReport templates include coded RSNA RadLex terms to describe anatomy and pathology, imaging procedures and findings. Using consistent, coded terms for key values in the report eliminates ambiguity and produces data that can be analyzed for outcomes in research and quality improvement.

    4. The images and report, are made available to the patient and the referring physician through the RSNA Image Share Network. The patient adds the imaging studies and report to his/her personal health record account. Communication between systems is based on compliance with IHE profiles, which is tested in the RSNA Image Share Validation Program.