GREENCASTLE -- Putnam County Hospital (PCH) recently announced it installed Synapse, a state-of-the-art radiology image and information network system that will streamline hospital operations and enhance patient care.
Developed by FUJIFILM Medical Systems, USA, Inc., a leader in medical imaging technology, Synapse is a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) that permits the ability to electronically view, transmit and store diagnostic images, such as those generated by MRI, CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray.
With a PACS, both patients and hospital staff benefit from the numerous advantages of a digital solution, including overall improved efficiency in the diagnostic and patient care cycles, nearly instant access to diagnostic images and results anywhere, and the elimination of overhead costs associated with managing film.
"The benefits we are experiencing with this technology are not only allowing us to do our jobs more effectively and efficiently, but are also allowing our patients to experience improved care and service," Putnam County Hospital Director of Radiology Paul Sanders said.
Because diagnostic images are now being stored and viewed electronically, versus the alternative, traditional method of printing films which must be viewed on a light box, PCH has been able to increase staff efficiency in relation to the retrieval and transportation of the images for diagnosis.
Once a diagnostic image has been "captured," the PACS technology enables radiologists to immediately and securely call up that image on any networked PC and make a diagnosis within seconds, thus eliminating the lengthy wait times previously necessitated by film development and the need to hand-carry images through the hospital for delivery to the radiologist's office.
This efficiency is a significant benefit to patients who now experience shorter waiting times, receive quicker diagnosis, and are on a faster path to necessary treatment.
Patients receive additional diagnostic advantages from the PACS when it is utilized in concert with the hospital's Fujifilm computed radiography (FCR) system.