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With the Unified Radiological Information System (URIS), the Moscow Health Care Department has laid the foundations for connected care

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With the Unified Radiological Information System (URIS), the Moscow Health Care Department has laid the foundations for connected care

Connecting all medical imaging devices into a single service, with Enterprise Imaging, supports “anywhere/anytime” access to the patients’ imaging data across the megalopolis and beyond, enabling ‘true’ teleradiology and enhanced patient care

1300 modalities, 1500 radiologists, 1500+ technicians, 10,000 referring physicians, 500,000 patients...

Moscow’s Unified Radiological Information System (URIS) and its unified digital infrastructure have become a ‘one-stop shop’ to access patient imaging data across the megalopolis and beyond.

And a core component of URIS is the unified Enterprise Imaging platform, offering the scalability and functionality for the present and the future of this ambitious project.

 

Making medical imaging more accessible to patients

The foundations for URIS were laid in 2012, during a large-scale modernization of Moscow’s healthcare services. “Hundreds of CT and MRI scanners were purchased for and installed in the primary care and out-hospital facilitie. Previously these modalities were mostly available only in hospitals,” describes Professor Sergey Morozov. “The mission was to make these types of imaging more accessible to patients, in a cost-efficient way, through the outpatient primary care and out-hospital facilitie. The success of this approach has enabled us to launch other key initiatives since then, such as a lung cancer screening program and an MRI prostate screening, to name only two.”

Very soon after the installation of the new modalities, discussions began on how to connect them within a unified information system. “This would offer clear and necessary benefits, including overall standardization, increased efficiency, efficiency metrics, and harmonized workspaces and workflows for radiologists and technicians,” Professor Morozov continues.

To enable this connection, Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging platform was selected. Professor Morozov: “We needed a solution that could work as a radiology archive, and provide advanced tools and workflow automation for radiologists and referring physicians. It was very important to select a vendor that delivers the highest international standard for enterprise imaging. But we also needed the possibility to scale in the future, especially in terms of adding many more modalities. So when I became chief radiologist of Moscow in 2015, I was very pleased that Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging had become part of the URIS project in 2014.”

 

 

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