About Oregon Community Imaging

Oregon Community Imaging, LLC (OCI) was established as a cooperative partnership among community healthcare organizations to improve how medical imaging data is shared and communicated in the care and treatment of patients. Historically, each healthcare organization that performs medical imaging has maintained a separate system for archiving patient medical images. These images may be stored in a printed film format and archived using film jackets organized on shelves or stored in a digital electronic format on computer based systems. Over time, it is common for patients to have medical imaging tests performed at a variety of community facilities. To provide the best possible interpretation of a patient’s images it is necessary for the physician reading the study to have access to previous studies, commonly referred to as comparison exams. The interpreting physician compares the new exam side by side with any previous studies to determine if the area of interest has changed over time.

The method healthcare facilities have historically used to exchange study data for comparison purposes is to send images on film or in an electronic format on CD by courier or through a mail delivery service. Transferring studies in this manner can delay the final interpretation of a study by many hours to several days which can delay an accurate diagnosis which is necessary in developing an effective plan of treatment for patients.

OCI represents a modern change in direction from historic radiology data transfer practices in order to provide physician offices with immediate, online access to a patient’s medical information. It accomplishes this through a state of the art, independent and secure data network and collaborative healthcare partnerships.

The Oregon Community Imaging goal is to:

  • Facilitate a community based x-ray viewing system that provides for a comprehensive radiographic history on patients with both reports and study images available from any computer that can access the internet.
  • Leverage the exam volumes of multiple imaging providers to reduce the per study costs that any organization could achieve independently.
  • Provide 24/7/365 help desk support to any users accessing the system
  • Provide a single point of access with a single username and password for healthcare providers to access patient x-rays and reports.
  • Expedite patient care and reduce report turnaround time by having a patient’s complete history of x-rays in a single system, eliminating the need for provider offices to initiate requests for x-rays and the time associated with delivery between facilities.