Connecting Diagnostic Imaging

X-rays, CT Scans, MRI’s - diagnostic images and reports are essential to diagnosing a wide range of conditions and diseases. Early diagnosis is a critical step in achieving better outcomes to a wide range of medical conditions.

The Connecting DI (CDI) will provide seamless access to digital diagnostic images and reports to authorized users anywhere in the Province regardless of where the examination took place, via the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Better care from patients from CDI will come from:

  • Improved quality and speed of service for patients, less time waiting for results;
  • Reduced treatment delays;
  • Improved patient safety through reducing radiation doses by avoiding an estimated 180,000 duplicate tests every year.
  • Connect physicians with each other and with radiologists for more effective and efficient care delivery.

Radiologists

CDI will help radiologists make more informed diagnosis by providing access to complete health information and history, irrespective of where the images were acquired and the report transcribed.

It will connect radiologists within diagnostic imaging departments so that all facilities within BC have access to radiologist expertise and radiologists can engage in tele-radiology.

Health Organizations

The CDI Project will:

  • provide a common repository for all DI reports and images which will enable any authorized user to access any DI results originating from all DI exams conducted in the province.
  • Give B.C. a secure, highly available, interoperable provincial Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r);
  • have B.C. health authorities move data from their current system (PACS) to the new, secure, shared DI-r
  • make the DI-r results available to other eHealth projects in order that DI results can form a comprehensive part of the patient’s electronic health record.
  • leverage an existing provincial DI Viewer asset as a vehicle for displaying complex diagnostic imaging studies; and
  • enable elp community imaging clinics (the private clinic sector) to participate in a digital DI environment, including data sharing with the BC health authorities through the DI-r.