The adoption of integrated visible light (VL) and operating room (OR) image management solutions has traditionally been low, fragmented and largely distinct from radiology and cardiology IT deployments. However, healthcare providers’ appetite for best practices in enterprise imaging is now being boosted across all healthcare specialties, despite the complexity of workflow, IT integration and the need to address other clinical priorities. Along with regulatory mandates, these changing attitudes are encouraging the enterprise-wide integration of non-DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) images and related information as part of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) networks.
In the OR setting, the integration of image management solutions with automation solutions in now underway, forming an engine for the integration of the complex IT ecosystem. Digital OR solutions including interactive intra-operative viewing are expected to ramp up in market adoption over the next four years. For instance, surgeons are showing growing interest in the latest interactive touch-free imaging solutions. Those include gesture and voice-controlled image viewers, which provide additional workflow models to the existing pedal-controlled and touch-sensitive viewers.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Visible Light Imaging and Operating Room Informatics, finds that the enthusiastic market response and extended suite of clinical applications in the enterprise segment is expected to further boost market opportunities in both VL and OR imaging informatics segments.
“Leading market participants in the VL imaging and OR integration space are pushing for better integrated enterprise-wide IT solutions, while including several cutting-edge applications and add-on features to their offerings” saidFrost & Sullivan Transformational Health Research Analyst Dinesh Kumar. “The value-focused solutions they can package for small and mid-sized facilities are also proving highly popular.”
At a time when integration and interoperability is the highest mandate in the health IT market, the large existing installed base of legacy VL imaging devices in various medical specialties makes it challenging to achieve seamless integration at the enterprise level. VL equipment vendors must be able to adhere to clinical standards on one hand, while improving on their integration capabilities on the other hand. For instance, compliance with key IT standards such as DICOM and HL7 (Health Level Seven), the vendor-neutrality of their IT solutions, as well as the ability to manage several data sources in a cohesive manner, have become conditions to gain a foothold in the highly competitive enterprise imaging IT market.
While the demand is there, the lack of demonstrable direct return on investment (ROI) continues to deter the majority of providers from investing in these integrated solutions. So far, only large organizations are showing willingness to invest in enhancing workflow and IT integration outside of the core imaging departments of radiology and cardiology. Independent and small-scale facilities are still struggling to define a strong business model for these investments.
“Overall, the numerous clinical specialties that use VL imaging, notably gastroenterology, dermatology, pathology, ophthalmology and wound care are poised for an accelerating adoption trend of integrated image management solutions; this is in line with higher-level efforts towards cross-enterprise image viewing and sharing” noted Kumar. “At the same time, the ever-growing popularity of minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) and image-guided surgery (IGS) techniques will make OR integration and automation solutions indispensable.”
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