A hundred years ago, the average person hadn't heard of an x-ray, much less had one done to diagnose an injury. Today, x-rays, CAT scans and MRIs are used every day to help healthcare providers diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries.
Today, the traditional plastic film x-ray has given way to images being stored on Picture Archiving Computer Systems (PACS). Like your own digital camera, PACS store digital image files on a computer. As any digital camera owner knows, storing images on a computer is convenient �?it doesn't require as much space as printed images, and the images are easier to classify and share. Having an ability to share images among health care providers which involves moving these images to where they are needed is a critical function for care coordination and delivery.
Healthcare Information Technology is progressing just as rapidly �?if not more rapidly �?than imaging technology. Our nation is moving toward digital health information technology that will make it possible for doctors across the country to consult in real-time on difficult or unusual cases.
Through its knowledge of health care IT delivery, TriRivers has a thorough understanding of HIPAA requirements as it relates to healthcare industry customers wishing to advance their ability to share medical images and records across multiple points of care. Through TriRivers Health Information Exchange “HIE�?technology providers can meet the challenging requirements of care coordination. In addition healthcare industry customers wishing to advance their ability to participate within an HIE or transform their current technology to a system that provides increased response time for patients and service providers benefit through TriRivers regional Health Care infrastructure that has been developed.
TriRivers is a service provider for both the Illinois Rural HealthNET which is a consortium of healthcare and educational organizations, as well as the Illinois iFiber project both of which have implemented high-speed broadband networks that support healthcare providers in Illinois. With its relationship with WIN, TriRivers can also provide connectivity for healthcare providers in Wisconsin.
Today TriRivers currently supports thousands of users across multiple locations in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Our expertise and partnerships with a variety of healthcare IT vendors provide our customers with an understanding of critical health care applications. In addition our integration expertise which has been critical to our HIE development allows us to assist other healthcare organizations in developing complex interfaces, advanced reporting, and other “niche applications�?