Diagnostic Imaging Common Services (DI CS)

The Diagnostic Imaging Common Service initiative enables and supports sharing and viewing of diagnostic imaging results across Ontario to all hospital and community-based health care providers anytime, anywhere, using the tools best suited to their work practices. 

What is it?

Ontario has four Regional Diagnostic Imaging Repositories (DI-rs) that allow for storage, retrieval, and sharing of diagnostic reports and images within their respective regions. All hospitals that perform diagnostic imaging are integrated with a regional DI-r, as are many Independent Health Facilities (private for-profit Diagnostic Imaging clinics). The DI-rs act as the long-term archive for storing images for many of these organizations. In support of sharing and viewing of diagnostic images in Ontario, the DI-rs publish reports to eHealth Ontario and facilitate access to the regionally stored images.

 

Provincial access to digital health imaging studies includes:

 

  • DI Common Service (DI-CS), Provincial Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Viewer
  • ClinicalConnect Clinical Viewer (Live with reports; images to be available Q1 2018/19)
  • ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer (Q2 2018/19)


Diagnostic Imaging Common Service enables and supports sharing and viewing of diagnostic imaging results across Ontario anytime, anywhere, through the health care providers access method of choice. 


Lite Service Tests


  • DICS Registry Lite Service end point:
    lite.innovation-lab.ca:7180/DocumentRegistryService_Secure/V01
  • DICS Repository Lite Service end point:
    lite.innovation-lab.ca:7180/DocumentRepositoryService_Secure/V01

 

Standard

Interface/Interaction

Scenario(s) Involved

IHE XDS (ITI)

ITI-18

DICS Registry Query

ITI-43

DICS Ropository/Document Query

 

Benefits

  • For patients

    • Eliminates unnecessary travel
    • Reduces wait times and lengths of stay thanks to faster exam reports and clinical decisions by physicians and specialists
    • Reduces duplicate and unnecessary exams
    • Reduces the need to physically transfer images or CDs to specialists
    • Eliminates unnecessary exposure to radiation

    For clinicians

    • Improves access to images and reports 24/7
    • Enables remote access to images for off-hours coverage
    • Enhances remote reporting capabilities
    • Allows real-time clinical collaboration, increasing access to a broader range of specialists