Our Radiology Department still does it and I am sure all hospitals in our geographic area (Chicago), the Radiology Dept burns the CD. I have never heard of such a thing...
Interesting to see what the "standard of practice" is...
Interesting . . . The radiology director was quick to inform me that, if I were to check with other facilities, I would find that this is a HIM function, not a Radiology function.
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Our radiology department was responsible for burning radiology images but there was a disconnect after our HIM department moved off site. As a result, we are working to move this function to HIM next week. Our radiology department will continue to burn CD's in emergent situations when HIM is not staffed.
Debbie Parenti, RHIT Director Health Information Management (HIM) Mon Health Medical Center 1200 J. D. Anderson Drive Morgantown , WV 26505 304-598-1914 Phone 304-598-1369 Fax
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Good Morning – our organization is in the process of centralizing radiology CD/DVD burning and image "push" to our centralized release of information department. First phase will be for our ambulatory division (approximately 65 community based clinics); hospitals likely to follow during 2019. We believe this process will be a more efficient mechanism and better experience for requesting providers and patients. It will allow for a fully complete request to be disclosed in a timely manner to requesters, rather than multiple hand-off's for images and records.
Stephanie Luthi-Terry, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Director, Enterprise HIM Integration • Health Information Management• Allina Health
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We have the ability from Release of Information to queue a CD to burn in radiology. Imaging staff then place in the tube system back to HIM Department or if the patient is preferring to pick up there or after hours it remains in the Imaging Department and they release from the desk (we provide a copy of the authorization to Imaging for this purpose and patient again must present his/her ID). We also process all of the legal requests for Imaging and they only complete legal certification documents. With the this being a high volume area and only 1 clerical staff member to man the reception desk and assist patients who wanted copies of images, as an organization we felt it best from a customer service standpoint to have HIM process request for reports and/images. Due to the cost of the "cube" that the CD is burned from, the equipment to do this remains in the Imaging Department and additional equipment was not added for HIM. This process has worked out well and resulted in fewer patient complaints than before as there were definite delays when done in Imaging.
Lana G. Smart Forbes
Lana G. Smart Forbes, MHA, RHIA, CHPS
Director – Health Information Management
Jennie Stuart Medical Center
320 W. 18th Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
Phone: 270-887-0260 Fax: 270-887-0254