To improve the quality of its radiological images and advance the precision of patient consultations, Henry Ford Health System installed NEC MultiSync® EA, PA and MD Series LCD desktop monitors.
Since 1895, when German scientist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the ability of X-rays to pass through solid objects and provide a view of what is inside, medical professionals have relied on the field of medical imaging. Film-based X-rays were the standard until recently, when many hospitals and healthcare facilities started replacing them with digital images – first in the traditional grayscale and later with colored images that helped provide a more detailed look at the inner workings of the human body.
Among the early adopters of digital medical imaging was the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), one of the leading healthcare providers in the U.S. Staff members helped pioneer the use of digital images in hospitals and have remained at the leading edge. They were interested in the possibilities color imaging offered for case review and diagnosis, but the cost of the equipment was a significant barrier – particularly because they knew that once it was introduced, the entire medical staff would want it.
Founded in 1915 as Henry Ford Hospital by the automobile pioneer who is its namesake, HFHS is a nonprofit healthcare enterprise primarily serving the greater Detroit metropolitan area. The hospital recorded $3.7 billion in revenues in 2008, while providing more than $160 million in uncompensated medical care. The full health system, including hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, employs more than 23,000 medical and support staff. Henry Ford healthcare providers perform more than 81,000 ambulatory surgery procedures, and more than 102,000 patients are admitted to hospitals in the system each year.
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