Nautilus Medical has announced delivery of their robust image management platform with all features to any medical professionals and students at no cost. This decision comes on the heels of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) policy approval to share data sets and documentation for reanalysis and reuse. The policy advances PCORI’s commitment to improve healthcare decision making based upon research. Sometimes getting the data together or having access to it can be problematic between the many disparate systems. Nautilus Medical is helping to change that.
Nautilus software allows users to import, store, view, edit, annotate, measure, mask data, anonymize, along with scanning of documents to DICOM, DICOM conversion, print any app to DICOM, route studies and much more. “Typically, our base software is thousands of dollars, but more professionals really need some of the tools we offer, and we know these tools lower cost and increase efficiencies,” says Director of Sales – Richard Rost.
Medical software is very costly and can contribute to overhead in any facility. “We have customers that pay thousands of dollars a year just to scan in documents to send to PACS or burn onto CDs,” says CEO of Nautilus Tim Kelley. He continued, “Having a DICOM image management solution at your finger tips with so many features at no cost is a benefit to everyone in healthcare.” He mentioned that many independent sites with ultrasound and digital x-ray, including major institutions could benefit from using many of these tools without having to pay high licensing fees or support costs.
There are many critical situations where scanning documents, printing to DICOM, converting to DICOM, anonymizing and more that can provide important data to a patient file. As we move towards outcome-based healthcare, getting as much data together to make better clinical decisions requires software that is easy to use and is low cost. “80% of the time radiology images are exchanged missing critical data that may change the treatment of a patient and complete data profiles result in better outcomes,” says Mr. Kelley. He continued, “We have an opportunity to change the cost of healthcare and produce better results which should be everyone’s top priority.”
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created in response to a mandate to conduct comparative effectiveness in clinical care to inform decision-making. Subsequently, clinical process outcomes such as wait-times for exam scheduling, report turnaround time and patient satisfaction began to be measured, particularly with The Joint Commission reporting requirements. However, these do not reflect metrics of broader clinical relevance from a patient’s perspective—such as improvement in functional status (both physical and mental), quality of life, morbidity/disability, downstream care/health events and death.