What is Epic Radiant?
Epic Radiant is Epic Systems’ Radiology Information System (RIS), used principally by hospital radiology departments. With integration to Epic’s electronic health record (EHR), Radiant offers access to all of a patient’s results, allergies, medications, history and upcoming appointments.
According to Epic product literature, radiologists and technicians can use the system to “protocol studies, track discrepancies, identify critical results, track recommendations, and easily communicate with ordering physicians within the context of the patient record.”
Additionally, Radiant allows technologists to document contrast directly on the patient’s Medication Administration Record and capture estimated radiation dose for tracking. Active clinical decision support within the Epic system monitors potential contraindications.
Other Epic Radiant features include:
- A flexible rules-based scheduling engine
- Native DICOM support
- A charge router
- An integrated mammography module
- Integration support for third-party PACS and voice recognition solutions
Hospitals Using Epic Radiant
Hospitals that adopt the Epic EHR are the primary customers for Radiant, and many choose to install and go-live with the RIS in conjunction with an overall Epic launch. Several prominent academic medical centers are installed clients including the University of Wisconsin, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, Yale-New Haven and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
David Avrin, MD, vice chair of radiology informatics at UCSF, told Radiology Today magazine that an RIS connected to the patient record is a significant advantage because it makes clinical information much more accessible.
For example, when a radiologist logs on to the system, Epic recognizes the user and opens the EMR. When the radiologist uses a worklist of the day's cases and opens a case, a synopsis of the patient's record automatically opens, within one second. As soon as one case is signed off, the next one opens. One click opens the full EMR, allowing access to progress notes or other information in the patient's chart.
Radiant ranked 4th among RIS vendors in the most recent Best in KLAS report from KLAS Research, a healthcare software research firm. In 2013, Radiant ranked as Best in KLAS.
Epic Radiant job outlook
New Radiant implementations require qualified build analysts and trainers. Radiant consultants should be certified, have new version training (NVT) and ideally have radiology workflow experience. Full-time positions for Application Analysts are also common at organizations that have implemented the system, and Epic Cupid training and certification further boosts Radiant consultants' job marketability.
View and apply to available Epic Radiant jobs here.
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