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X-Rays Go Digital

It may be hard to believe, but those thin, flexible, blackand- white films will soon be a thing of the past. The picture archiving communication (PAC) application, called Synapse, went online in December. Now all X-ray films are digitized and may be viewed at stations throughout CHOC. You can view them online from your office or home.

"We have high-resolution view stations throughout the hospital, including the CHOC NICU, PICU and Orthopedics clinic. Physicians can also view images from the web version of this application, and the resolution is consistent with what they'll find onsite at CHOC or at the St. Joseph Radiology Department," says Fernando Hernandez, PACS education coordinator.

CHOC is now able to use the PACS application to view CD images sent from other hospitals, including UCI and UCLA. Hernandez says conventional X-ray films will continue to be available until all physicians have received PACS training. After that, prints will be available by request. If you have not yet been trained on the PACS application, please call Fernando Hernandez at 771-8000, ext. 3283, for scheduling.

CHOC, INTEL COLLABORATE ON HAND-HELD PATIENT DATA SYSTEM

CHOC and Intel are collaborating on a new processor for a hand-held wireless system that makes patient information available at the touch of a button. Currently, the iPAQ can pull up patient demographics, lab and radiology reports, and transcribed reports from the main hospital database.

"iPAQ fosters communication throughout the healthcare team because providers can see the patient's chart as they are mobile throughout the facility," says Jeff Jones, R.N., manager of CHOC Clinical Informatics, who adds that all CHOC residents and more than 20 additional CHOC physicians are currently using the new wireless hand-held application. In addition to patient information, the iPAQ features four clinical applications: Harriet Lane Handbook, Five-Minute Pediatric Advisor, Lexi-Comp and the AAP Redbook for the PDA.

For more information about the PACS or iPAQ applications of the Cerner electronic medical record system, please contact Jeff Jones at 714-532-8383. These subjects and others are discussed at the monthly CHOC Physicians' Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting, chaired by Troy McGuire, M.D. All CHOC physicians are welcome to attend. For more information about upcoming PTAC meetings, please contact Stacie Rall at (714) 997-3000, ext. 8445.

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