BOSTON, January 17, 2019 -- Partners HealthCare today announced that it is implementing an enterprise-wide radiology platform that will utilize a new, advanced digital imaging system and unify all radiology departments at its acute hospitals across the system. The new platform will replace multiple Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) and give Partners providers across the network the ability to immediately access any patient imaging done at Partners institutions. The move is part of the organization’s Partners 2.0 initiative, which is aimed at creating efficiencies and identifying opportunities across the health system to improve both the patient and provider experience.

Until now, the radiology departments across Partners, including those at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, have maintained separate diagnostic imaging storage, viewing and reporting platforms. With the creation of the enterprise platform, all departments will be unified and will use a single diagnostic viewer, Visage 7, developed by Visage Imaging.

We are providing our radiologists with a diagnostic viewer and common radiology platform that will transform our practice and accelerate our ongoing efforts to improve the care we provide to our patients. Moving to this enterprise platform will require enhanced collaboration, but we know that it is only by working together to scale our best practices across the system that we are able to extract value and realize the full potential of this effort.

Stephen Ledbetter, MD, MPH Medical Director Medical Imaging IT, Brigham Health

The new platform will encompass all forms of diagnostic imaging, such as MRI, CT, ultrasound and x-ray. Providers will be able to see all imaging through a single diagnostic viewer from Visage backed by a vendor neutral archive from GE, with access to all imaging from any Partners hospital, saving time for both patients and providers.

The new platform and our efforts to improve workflows will provide radiologists with dramatically better functionality and make it easier and more efficient for clinicians to read images and access information about their patients -- whether they’re in the office or the operating room. We believe that the new platform will truly elevate the ways that we use imaging in the delivery of care, and we see enormous potential for future collaboration with our radiology colleagues across the system.

Tarik K. Alkasab, MD, PhD Radiology Service Chief of Informatics and IT at MGH

Rollout of the new platform will begin in the coming months at BWH and MGH with additional Partners institutions scheduled for phase two.