Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Virtua, a southern New Jersey health system, have unified their radiology operations across electronic health records systems and state lines.
By deeply integrating imaging systems and EHRs, the two systems have made it possible to create an integrated health record that includes images captured at a Virtua facility and read by pediatric diagnostic imaging specialists at CHOP.
“One of our guiding principles for the partnership was that when the patient family needs radiology services, they could be done either at CHOP or done at Virtua,” says Gayle Stidsen-Smith, the CHOP IT director who oversees support for its picture archiving system and served as CHOP’s project lead. “We wanted to make it so New Jersey patients could have images done in their own backyard. Those images would reside in both the Virtua electronic medical record as well as the CHOP medical record, even though they’re completely different systems with different database structures.”