Encounter-Based Imaging Workflow

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Encounter-Based Imaging Workflow (EBIW) captures images acquired in the context of an encounter between a patient and a healthcare provider, links them with critical metadata, and notifies the EMR.


Medical imaging that is encounter-driven (e.g. during a dermatology consultation, the physician decides to capture pictures of a mole for future comparison) continues to grow significantly.

Effective use of images depends on them being well-documented and integrated into the medical record. For order-based imaging (such as a CT scan, an echo work-up, or an angiography procedure), this is handled by the use of order-driven worklists and integrated systems as described in the Scheduled Workflow Profile. Encounter-based imaging needs similar robust integration, data management, and efficient workflows. Accurate metadata is key.

Essentially, in EBIW a patient ID or visit ID is used to query for full metadata (patient demographics, admission details, etc) which are applied to the image when stored, along with procedure details (anatomy, imaging procedure type, etc), making it possible to store, manage, find, and use the images when needed. To facilitate EMR entries, a notification is sent to the EMR containing all the details needed to index the images and link them to the medical record.

EBIW Diagram POCUS.png

The same pattern applies to tablets, smartphones and digital cameras. As long as the metadata is assembled before sending the images to storage, it is flexible as to whether the query happens before or after the images are acquired, and whether the procedure metadata is collected on the device or on a separate screen.

EBIW Diagram Tablet.png

EBIW Diagram SLR.png



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Profile Status: Trial Implementation


IHE Encounter-based Imaging Workflow Profile

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