Prior to the implementation of GE ViewPoint, Rotherham used the existing Radiology Information System (RIS) solution for obstetric reporting, this system works on a free text and voice recognition software basis to produce a block textual report examination report.
Whilst the RIS system is quick and efficient at producing textual reports, which are preferred in other imaging areas (CT, MRI and plain film) it didn’t allow for a structured template based report and therefore wasn’t ideal for ultrasound reports which included multiple figures based data sets such as the measurements captured during fetal biometry reporting.
The voice recognition system also struggled with accurate dictation of obstetric measurements, this had the potential to lead to transcription errors. The resulting reports were also unable to demonstrate graphical data a result of which all measurements had to be hand drawn and plotted on to paper graphs.
These drawbacks also meant that there was only one copy of the graphs which was then kept with in the patient’s hand held notes. If these notes were subsequently lost or damaged or the patient failed to bring their notes with them to the appointment that information was then unavailable.
The previous workflow was less efficient and relied heavily on operator accuracy and the availability of the paper based notes for review of previous scan information. This system was therefore at risk of error in data capture which could ultimately affect patient management and care.