As a practice manager, you know that your workflow goes a long way in determining the efficiency of your processes and patient care methods in your veterinary practice. It can be frustrating to perform necessary but low-yield tasks, such as filing and sorting documents, leaving you with insufficient time to perform more high-value work.
There are two main categories that you can examine to find out why your workflows may be inefficient: your performers and your systems. Performers include people involved in your workflows, such as doctors, radiologists, radiographers, pharmacists, or even third-party vendors. Systems are the software or technologies, such as your imaging tools or image management software, that you use to handle tasks related to your workflow.

Benefits of an Efficient Workflow

When correctly set up, your workflow should be easily repeatable with minimum effort from those using it. Conversely, an inefficient workflow will need constant monitoring and attention and will require more effort to maintain.
Having an efficient workflow will reduce the time that your practice stakeholders will spend working through time-consuming but necessary tasks, reduce costs, improve staff efficiency, and enhance communication between all the different departments, employees, consultants, and other stakeholders.
Benefits of an efficient workflow include the following:

  • It eliminates the waste of time, effort, and money.
  • It ensures that your resources are being allocated to the appropriate places.
  • By automating specific tasks and providing a standard method of doing things, it reduces the occurrence of human error.
  • It improves the overall output of your team and the quality of your work.

How Can Good Imaging Tools Improve Your Workflow?

In veterinary practice, the recording, storage, and usage of radiological images is an integral part of your workflow; therefore, investing in good imaging tools is crucial for efficient workflow.
Good imaging tools can improve your workflow by:

  • Providing better image resolutions: This ensures that even after transferring and other image manipulation techniques, the resolutions of the images are still outstanding.
  • Increasing diagnostic speed and accuracy: Since these tools have higher and more efficient processing capabilities, they can help improve the speed and accuracy of diagnoses.
  • Improving image storage and transfer: Good imaging tools come with advanced ways of storing and transferring images.
  • Saving time: Since good imaging tools work efficiently and require less time to work than less-efficient ones, the time that they can save your practice will add up in the long run.

How Do Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Image Management Tools Improve Your Workflow?

In addition to having good imaging tools, you should have a system that enables the proper handling of your images. The Asteris PACS radiology image management workflow solutions are priceless tools for your veterinary practice.
The Asteris Keystone Product Suite is a PACS radiology image management solution designed specifically for veterinary practices. One of the core beliefs of the Asteris team is that changing your imaging workflow can have a cascading positive impact on the way that you do business, and they have committed to helping you achieve this.
There are many benefits associated with Asteris’s solution:

  • Access and sharing: It improves the ease of access to the images and enables you to store effortlessly, transfer, and share DICOM and non-DICOM images of any modality.
  • Image retrieval and handling: Asteris Keystone has an integrated DICOM image viewer, enabling you to review images and make diagnoses. The 2D multi-planar reconstruction ability is an advanced feature that will enable you to reconstruct your images in different views, enhancing your diagnostic accuracy.
  • Communication and collaboration: Its advanced telecommunication workflow ensures that there will be smoother collaboration and communication between practice stakeholders. The Asteris Keystone community streamlines communication and collaboration processes among all your practice stakeholders, including doctors, radiologists, practice managers, and event clients.
  • Integration: It can be easily connected to your existing practice management software, and you don’t need to buy any special hardware to use it.
  • Report creation: It comes with built-in templates that make recording results and creating reports smoother and more manageable. It also enables you to convert speech to text, create your own templates, and perform many other essential tasks.

Why Choose the Asteris Keystone PACS Solution?

First, there are no service contracts or annual maintenance fees. It operates a simple “pay-as-you-use” model. This enables you to choose the features that you would like for your practice and only pay for what you use.
Second, technical support, software updates, and software upgrades are provided for you free of charge. In addition to routine technical support, technical representatives are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to attend to emergencies.

Concluding Thoughts

Good imaging tools can lead to marked improvements in the workflow of any veterinary practice. Having a sound PACS radiology system to go hand-in-hand with these tools is essential.
The Asteris Keystone PACS is the ideal solution for veterinary practices, and it can be tailored to fit your practice requirements, no matter what they are!
Here at Asteris, it’s our goal to help veterinarians make sound medical decisions with ease, clarity, and confidence by giving them the tools and insights that they need to optimize the way they work.
If you’re ready to stop feeling like there’s not enough time in your day, we can help you optimize your imaging processes and the way you work. Contact our specialists today to get started!