In Moscow, 1,300 digital diagnostic devices were united into a single digital network: computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging devices, mammographs, densitometers, X-ray systems, fluorographs and angiographs. Now they are connected to the Unified Radiological Information Service (ERIS) of UMIAS, the press service of the mayor and government of Moscow reports.
Radiologists who have access to the service can remotely describe medical images in accordance with their specialization, and ready-made doctors’ reports are automatically uploaded to the patient’s electronic medical record.
“Today, Moscow occupies one of the leading positions in the world in the digitalization of healthcare in general and in radiology diagnostics in particular. The COVID-19 epidemic has only accelerated the process of combining diagnostic equipment, thanks to which doctors can quickly and efficiently describe studies remotely without coming into contact with patients. We have completed the process of combining the diagnostic devices of city hospitals and polyclinics into a single digital network – now 1,300 digital diagnostic devices are connected to the Unified Radiological Information Service of the UMIAS.Thanks to this, during an appointment, the clinician sees the opinion of the radiologist in the electronic medical record and, if necessary, can immediately view image – this helps him to diagnose or prescribe an additional examination The patient receives a description of his examination in the electronic medical record on mos.ru and in the EMIAS.INFO mobile application immediately after the radiologist completes read the protocol. A personal digital archive of each patient’s data is also stored in ERIS: doctors can refer to it to track the dynamics of changes. All this significantly improves the quality of diagnostics, “said Anastasia Rakova, Moscow Deputy Mayor for Social Development.
The process of connecting digital equipment in Moscow polyclinics and hospitals has been completed: in 2019-2020, more than 1,300 devices were included in the service, most of which are X-ray machines – over 580 units. Diagnostic equipment in the city’s hospitals accounts for 51 percent of the total installed equipment and includes, in particular, angiographs required for intravascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
“Combining diagnostic devices into a single network improves the quality of radiation diagnostics and makes it more accessible to city residents. All the necessary procedures, from mammography to CT examinations, can be carried out in your district polyclinic. No need to go to the other end of the city if you need a narrow specialist. capable of performing an expert description of a complex case: all medical images uploaded to ERIS are available to experts of the Moscow Reference Center for Radiation Diagnostics – leading radiologists, candidates and doctors of medical sciences, members of international associations. Creation of the Moscow Reference Center is another step, which is ahead of world practice: this is the first teleradiological center organized in the public health system, “stressed Sergei Morozov, director of the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine.
The development of a unified radiological information service began in 2014 with the support of the Moscow Government on the basis of the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine. Currently, up to 25 thousand ray studies are loaded into the service every day, which are performed in Moscow.