Ocean Medical Imaging Goes Online With DHIN: Imaging results from leading Sussex County radiology firm now available on First State’s Health Information Exchange
DOVER, DE – May 10, 2013 – Ocean Medical Imaging of Delaware has taken the next step in providing full service radiology care by teaming up with the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), making patient reports electronically available so that treatment decisions can be made quickly and efficiently.
Ocean Medical Imaging, serving residents of central and southern Delaware from its offices in Milton, offers state of the art radiology services. However, until now, it had been forwarding its reports to physicians and hospitals through traditional means of facsimile, mail and through the physician portal. The connection to DHIN removes waiting time and streamlines results to a central and secure online location.
“As a patient-centered imaging center, we constantly work to simplify patient care for quicker treatment and faster diagnosis. Joining Delaware Health Information Network is one more step in providing our patients with a seamless medical record that is readily available to all their physicians, whether they are local, upstate or even out of state,” says Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Medical Director and owner of Ocean Medical Imaging. “It helps me to provide better care so we physicians can become even more efficient in treating patients.”
Ocean Medical Imaging joins most other laboratories and radiology firms and all acute care hospitals in Delaware in delivering patient information through DHIN. Nearly all of the medical practices in Delaware participate in what has become the most comprehensive statewide health information network in the nation. Together, Delaware’s hospitals, labs, radiology firms and DHIN are helping to expedite treatment that would otherwise take more time if practitioners had to wait for reports to be received through de-centralized, paper-based methods like standard mail, courier systems or fax.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ocean Medical Imaging to DHIN’s growing family of medical results providers. As a family practice physician, I know how quick access to diagnostic medical information is critical to treating patients,” said Dr. Jan Lee, Executive Director of DHIN. “Physicians can now access results from Ocean Medical Imaging within minutes of their completion and have that information available, as needed, safely and securely on the state’s electronic community health record. Having real-time clinical results available on DHIN not only saves time and money, but also helps physicians improve care.”
Since the fall of 2011, DHIN has more than doubled the number of data senders, growing from seven to 18. That number is expected to continue to keep growing throughout 2013. Prior to September 2012, there were no radiology firms participating in DHIN and now there are four: Papastavros Associates, Tristate Imaging Group, Mid-Delaware Imaging and Ocean Medical Imaging. DHIN renews its commitment to further enrich the types of medical information available to Delaware’s healthcare providers.
“At Ocean Medical Imaging, we see patients from every part of Delaware. Everyone that has an exam here loves the extra care we can provide. We pride ourselves in getting patients in quickly and now we can get the reports to their physicians just as quickly via the DHIN,” states Ocean Medical Business Manager Kristin Patterson. “The DHIN adds so much value to our services and is a safe and secure way for patients to have improved care by having their complete medical history in a single location.”
About Ocean Medical Imaging
Located in downtown Milton, Delaware, Ocean Medical Imaging is a full service radiology department that is also physician owned. Celebrating its 4th year in April, Ocean Medical Imaging provides world-class radiology services including a 1.5 T Full Field MRI, Low Dosage CT Scanner, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Biopsies, Bone Density (DEXA) and walk-in X-ray services. Dr. Patterson has been an integral part of the Delaware Physician Community for the past 17 years and has served as the President of the Delaware Radiology Society and this year was celebrated by being chosen as the Southern Delaware cover of Top Doc Delaware Today Magazine – an award he received by being voted #1 by his patients. For more information about Ocean Medical Imaging of Delaware, go to www.oceanmedicalimaging.net or call 302-684-5151.
About the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN)
The Delaware Health Information Network is the first live, statewide health information network in the nation. Launched in 2007, today it serves all of Delaware’s acute care hospitals and approaching 100% of the State’s medical providers.* More than 10,000,000 clinical results and reports are posted on DHIN each year. Total patient records in the system now exceed 1.4 million including patients from all 50 states. For more information about DHIN visit www.DHIN.org or call 302-678-0220. Please also visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@DHIN_hie).
*Provider penetration calculation reflects the number of providers who make orders and are enrolled in DHIN (MD’s, OD’s, NP’s, PA’s and ED’s). It does not include healthcare providers that do not make orders (e.g. Pathologists). Total provider list compiled from multiple sources including the Medical Society of Delaware, University of Delaware, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.