Use Cases

Take a look at some of the more common usage cases, which illustrate the utility and flexibility of BEAM.

  • Trauma Centers

    BEAM allows trauma centers to quickly receive images well in advance of a patient’s arrival.

    BEAM is a perfect solution for trauma transfers. With BEAM, trauma centers can quickly receive images electronically into their PACS, leaving ample time to prepare a treatment plan and assemble a trauma team before a patient arrives.

    • BEAM is fast: Images are transferred directly to the trauma center’s PACS.
    • BEAM provides trauma clinicians with full-fidelity DICOM images.
    • BEAM reduces unnecessary delays and helps to avoid repeat imaging exams because CDs are missing or unreadable.

  • Consultations

    With BEAM, consultants can view images in their own viewer.

    Improve patient care by quickly providing radiologists and other specialty physicians with quick and easy access to images. BEAM allows secure and convenient sharing of patient images anywhere over the Internet, without a VPN connection. BEAM enables physicians to receive and review outside imaging exams and import them seamlessly into the patient’s local permanent electronic medical record to foster to promote better care.


  • Relevant Prior Exams

    Monitor disease progression by requesting prior exams via BEAM.

    Quick, simple, and full access to all relevant patient history and exams with complete imaging data sets improves quality and timeliness of radiologic interpretation and patient care. The sooner the radiologist has the appropriate images, the more accurately he or she can monitor disease progression.


  • Continuation of Care for Migratory Patients

    Snowbirds migrate with their bags, but what about their imaging exams?

    Patients move; so should their images. Physicians need access to historic patient data in order to provide quality patient care. BEAM overcomes the complexities of accessing remote medical images by providing access to images as patients move between providers.


  • Cross Facility Downtimes

    CT down? Send the patient across town and BEAM the images back.

    Smaller healthcare facilities often do not have the luxury of redundant modalities. During downtimes, BEAM allows a site to send patients to a neighboring facility for imaging. Those studies can be quickly BEAMed back to the source facility. Healthcare facilities and patients benefit from reciprocal relationships that help providers to cover each other during unexpected or scheduled downtimes.


  • Tele-radiology

    Eliminate VPN setup and provide enhanced logging for tele-rad service.

    BEAM supports tele-radiology operations of all sizes in gathering and transporting diagnostic image studies according to their preferred workflows. BEAM, unlike DICOM over WAN VPN, is scalable, stateless, and significantly higher (2-3x) in throughput.


  • Second Reads

    Use BEAM to quickly transfer studies for second opinions.

    By making the exchange of patient imaging studies simple, fast, and secure, BEAM supports second reads, helps to reassure patients, and provides additional insight to enhance patient care.


  • Mobile Imaging

    BEAM is 3G, 4G, and Wifi compatible for scans on the run.

    Mobile imaging brings the latest technology in digital imaging directly to the patient and is convenient for the community, BUT it makes transporting images back to specialists for review difficult. BEAM simplifies the process by facilitating rapid review of remote images through secure image exchange over the Internet. BEAM is particularly robust in low-bandwidth and intermittent connections because it is significantly more efficient than conventional transfer mechanisms such as DICOM over VPN. BEAM is highly secure and stateless, assuring bit-for-bit perfect complete transfers despite communications glitches. With BEAM, study transfers can take place in remote locations and results can be delivered quicker than ever before.


  • Referrals

    Send images easily and quickly to avoid the hassles of CDs.

    Wherever you are, you can use BEAM to collect and share imaging information. Burning CDs is inefficient; express mailand couriersare costly; web portal additions require IT savvy; and installing VPNs is an IT and legal management headache. BEAM streamlines the referral process and improves outreach to referring sources while decreasing costs. With BEAM, a patient’s imaging can reach the physician before the patient does.


  • State/Regional Repositories

    BEAM back the images for storage in a regional repository without a VPN.

    State and regional repositories are designed to gather imaging data from many providers with the aim of supporting the flow of health information among physician practices, hospitals, radiology centers, other healthcare institutions and accreditation agencies. BEAM provides secure and convenient sharing of patient images from anywhere and supports this model of delivering the right health information to the right place at the right time.


  • Clinical Research

    Research studies span the globe; BEAM brings the images back.

    BEAM is the ideal platform for organizations utilizing imaging technology as part of their trial protocol (e.g., pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies). It helps them to gather cases from any number of locations for delivery to one or more clinical trial repositories. With zero set-up for the sending institution, flexibility, and ease of use,research organizations or sponsor organizations can gather image-based data from trial participants simply and easily at any investigator site—from the most advanced academic sites to the most basic remote sites in all corners of the globe.


Reviews

Providers were most pleasantly surprised by how easily images can be exchanged. A OneMedNet provider said: ‘Our reading physicians in the lab were very pleased with the speed the system enabled. Most of the transfers we do involve obtaining comparative studies from other entities. Getting those studies from other entities became much faster once we got the system. There have been a number of incidences when we have discovered that we needed a study for comparison within 30 or 40 minutes at 5:30 on a Friday evening, when everyone is going home. It would just be inconceivable to get the study via any other method. The most positive effect the system has had is with speeding up our reporting capabilities and improving our ability to receive comparisons with very short notice.’

Image Exchange 2014: Delivering Value in an Enterprise World, KLAS Research

Providers were happy with how easy the setup process was as well as how easy it was to ingest CDs. The extent to which organizations saved money was also an unexpected outcome of implementing image exchange. One provider explained, ‘OneMedNet BEAM reduces the number of FTEs we need. There has been a huge reduction in follow-up and costs. We used to have to pay FTEs $16–$20 an hour, and now we are saving that money and getting images within minutes instead of almost half an hour. The system has resulted in huge cost savings for us.’

Image Exchange 2014: Delivering Value in an Enterprise World, KLAS Research