For nearly four years, physicians at George Washington University Medical Associates, a 300-member multi-specialty group practice in Washington, D.C., have had access to some diagnostic imaging examinations from their electronic health records system. The project, using Web portal technology to connect radiology systems with the EHR, was done with the help of a consultant and took just two days.

Available in the EHR from Chicago-based Allscripts are images from ultrasounds and echocardiograms, which are videos of a functioning heart. The practice, for instance, uses the Heartlab cardiology system of Agfa Healthcare, Greenville, S.C., which houses echocardiograms. Both the EHR and cardiology system support Web portal access, what CIO Praveen Toteja calls the ability of a system to make an external call.

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