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Unfallchirurg. 2013 Dec;116(12):1092-6. doi: 10.1007/s00113-012-2260-6.

[Digital X-ray: interhospital data transfer by CD-ROM. Prospective data evaluation during the import process].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Unfallchirurgie und Orthopädie, BG Unfallklinik Ludwigshafen, Ludwig-Guttmannstraße 13, 67071, Ludwigshafen, Deutschland, svetter@bgu-ludwigshafen.de.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Increasing numbers of radiological imaging diagnostics are archived in digital form. In addition to the results of diagnostics performed in hospital a growing number of patients present with digital results of outpatient radiological investigations. These digitized images represent a challenge for the internal hospital work flow. The aim of the study was to determine the expenditure for the hospital when dealing with digital outpatient diagnostic results.

METHOD:

Several parameters were observed and analyzed within the import process of nearly 400 CD-ROMs over a time period of 5 months. Only a negligible number of data on CD-ROMs could not be transferred into the hospital archive (1.5%). The duration of the process depended on the amount of data and the time period.

RESULTS:

During regular hours the import process took on average 13 min per CD and 19 min per patient while the time increased significantly during on-call duties. This study demonstrates the significance of the import of digital outpatient radiological diagnostic results into the hospital archive which can in particular influence patient treatment.

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23052703
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