Dr. Timothy C Sloan, board certified radiologist and managing director of Coastal Radiology Associates shares his experience using VoXcell Cloud.
Dr Timothy C. Sloan have been practicing radiology for over 20 years. He is the managing member of a 15 person radiology group near the east coast of North Carolina. Coastal Radiology Associates (CRA) currently staff four hospitals and four imaging centers. Several years ago, CRA recognized the value of a single worklist to integrate different sites with different PACS and voice recognition systems. They also soon recognized the value in being able to communicate with other providers electronically, as opposed to frequent interruptions from phone calls. They felt that most errors in radiology can be traced back to interruptions.
Dr Sloan was first introduced to VoXcell at the RSNA in 2013. He quickly realized that CRA and VoXcell had a similar vision of the future of imaging and information workflow. Subsequently, he and his team visited VoXcell headquarters in early March of 2014. He was impressed with VoXcell’s team, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the team members. CRA’s five year plan includes expanding their radiology services on a national level.
Dr Sloan felt that VoXcell’s solution is clearly unique, and overcomes some of the obstacles CRA experienced early in our exploration of cloud-based solution. Downloading scans over the cloud is time taking process that many vendor compromises scan compression ratio to deliver non-diagnostic quality images (1:7, 1:10). As such these solutions don’t have the FDA clearance to be a viable Cloud PACS. Therefore, cloud PACS penetration has been less than 1%. Furthermore, the VoXcell team recognizes the value of the unified work-list, voice recognition with structured reporting and the social media elements crucial for the future of radiology in the context of healthcare reform. CRA have challenged VoXcell with a turnkey solution, and the team has been very prompt in working to build those solutions.
In July 2014, CRA embarked on a pilot project at an office site near their practice area. Unlike previously deployed sites, this new site did not require a high Internet bandwidth connectivity. Installation was straightforward and VoXcell team worked with the modality and CAD vendors to bring the site up and running on VoXcell Cloud.
VoXcell Cloud offers Coastal Radiology Associates with highest in the security and privacy afforded by the SAS 70 Type II and HIPAA audited facility and processes. Utilizing VoXcell’s Cloud infrastructure eliminates onsite hardware equipments as well as contributing to total redundancy solutions, unlimited storage, and archiving capabilities. Additionally, VoXcell is cleared as a diagnostic device via FDA 510K number K081215 and is accessible on-demand anytime, anywhere there’s web access. CRA and VoXcell’s recognizes the value of the unified work-list, voice recognition with structured reporting and the social media elements crucial for the future of radiology in the context of healthcare reform. With the guidance of Coastal Radiology Associates, VoXcell Cloud is poised to address the inefficiency exists in today’s solution to make radiologists efficient and effective, and subsequently leading them to provide the best of patient care.