Medical imaging in the enterprise (EMI) is more than just technology. It is a set of enterprise-wide strategies, initiatives, workflows, and solutions to consistently and optimally capture, index, manage, store, distribute, view, exchange, analyze, and manage all medical imaging data and content across multiple settings. It exists to eliminate traditional imaging silos by aligning imaging technology and infrastructure essentials with universal imaging access (without silos).
According to the February 2022 IDC Health Insights survey, 38% of European healthcare providers will invest in a new EMI solution in the next two years and 57% will improve their current solutions. These solutions can be:
- Cloud based. To support their enterprise image, healthcare systems are choosing secure, always-on cloud storage to improve continuity of care and respond to patient needs:
- Easy integration Large hospitals with electronic health records (EHRs)
- Sign in faster images, reports, results and other important patient information; a cloud-based image management system can be accessed via a web browser or zero-footprint viewer, allowing for a single source of patient information; Clinicians can also monitor the patient’s progress regardless of their location
- Disaster recoveryautomatic data replication and full redundancy and 24 x 7 access to data with cloud solutions
- High level of security with data encrypted to address patient privacy concerns and limit access to personally identifiable information
- Supported by intelligent automation technologies. Leaders in the EMI space are focusing on scaling and deepening the use of advanced analytics and AI to support new methods of diagnostic imaging, workflow management, path management, rule-based automation of repetitive tasks, reporting and more. various clinical use cases, driving evidence-based and precision medicine.
- Paired with fully managed services. Vendors who provide strategic advice, implementation and support services tailored to clients and their business and clinical strategic goals are more successful and improve customer retention and customer share. EMI platforms provide a unified environment for data and diagnostic capabilities, but to deploy it effectively, healthcare organizations must partner with vendors who understand how their medical imaging capabilities are evolving within the organization’s broader digital strategy. Healthcare providers are also looking to vendors to provide proactive support services to ensure business continuity and dynamically optimize systems.
What drives the EMI market?
Simply put, there is a need to move away from caregiving to a holistic care model. Over the past few years, healthcare organizations have become increasingly reliant on their ability to collect, store and analyze large amounts of data to provide greater quality care and operational efficiency. The pandemic has increased the need for imaging and, most importantly, managing complex on-premise infrastructures that can dramatically reduce the agility of IT departments.
As value-based care becomes the norm, healthcare providers are focusing on data integration strategies to take full advantage of their data. However, this information, including images, follows the patient through the care journey and is only available if it is easily consumed at the point of care. As healthcare imaging data proliferates, organizations need technologies that bridge data silos and support the entire enterprise.
To maximize the value of their investment in enterprise imaging, healthcare providers should:
- Develop an imaging strategy that fits the “care anywhere” model to ensure continuity of care for patients
- Engage healthcare professionals early and continue to involve them in the implementation and management of the platform
- Choose an imaging IT vendor that partners with you to align its value proposition to customer goals and constraints, with products and services that offer value for money.
Read on to learn more about the EMI market in Europe IDC MarketScape: European Enterprise Medical Imaging 2022 Vendor Assessment or communication Adriana Allocato the and Silvia Piai At IDC Health Insights.