The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Established as part of The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, NIOSH is a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has the mandate to assure safe, healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.
To monitor the health of underground coal miners through the Coal Workers' X-ray Surveillance Program (CWXSP), the customer identified a need to accept and manage digital chest x-rays. The CWXSP was initially a film-based operation, and to remain viable, conversion to a digital system was necessary. NIOSH had no experience with medical digital imaging. In addition to requiring the appropriate technology, NIOSH needed an integration strategy to ensure success, along with a clear understanding of federal regulations governing the program.
tiag clinical informatics experts have been at the leading edge of digital medical imaging since its inception. NIOSH entrusted tiag with design and implementation of an operationally feasible, cost-effective digital conversion that facilitated secure transmission of imaging data from more than 300 sites to the Morgantown, West Virginia location. Working closely with the NIOSH community, tiag developed and validated a set of functional requirements for NIOSH's full conversion to the digital medical imaging system. tiag’s clinical informatics experts analyzed the workflow of the film-based environment and identified necessary changes and updates for digital technologies that would comply with government network security rules and regulations.
To deliver a superior, successful solution, tiag defined functional requirements for an image management system that supported CWXSP surveillance activities and a secure image transfer mechanism that accepts digital images from x-ray facilities. tiag’s work provided enhanced benefits to more than 331,000 coal workers, while serving the specific needs of CWXSP — including stringent security requirements for protected health information, and geographic distribution of the program. In addition to providing guidance and oversight of the digital systems deployment, tiag informaticists assisted with acceptance testing and appropriate changes to regulatory language.
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