Get the most out of your data in radiology and cardiology
To advance digitalization in healthcare, teamplay1 is a departmental performance management solution that brings together healthcare professionals in a team effort. By connecting medical institutions and their imaging devices, teamplay apps aspire to create the biggest radiology and cardiology team in the world and provide its members with tools to tackle big data and the challenges of increasing cost pressure.
The cloud-based solution teamplay with its apps will help you make prompt and well-informed decisions by offering an intelligible overview of your performance data. It monitors quantities such as imaging throughput or dose levels, utilization of staff, rooms and resources of your whole department down to every device and procedure, simplifying your reporting and showing you where workflows need adjustments. It links you to other users of teamplay and their data to offer comparable benchmarks2 and an effortless exchange of images and reports with other healthcare providers.
Get the teamplay apps to accelerate your clinical processes and to find the additional expert opinion you need – when you need it.
Step into the digital future of imaging
Keeping private things private
Protecting the privacy of data is very important to us. “Privacy by design and by default” is the core principle motivating us daily in the development and improvement of teamplay. As processor of your data we are highly driven by the aim to support you in your compliance with the US standards of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)3 and the privacy laws applicable throughout the world and in particular the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). teamplay with the CORE applications teamplay Dose, teamplay Usage, and teamplay Protocols has been awarded the German "Seal of Privacy for IT products" of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein (ULD) as well as the European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe).
Secure behind multiple layers of protection
teamplay has a strong security partner in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. But teamplay does more to protect you. It adds security measures of its own, protects your web access, and limits access to those you have authorized.
Employing the Microsoft Azure comes with cutting-edge security to avoid breaches and malicious attacks. Encryption, segregation, and destruction safeguard all information.
The confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of all data transmitted from your site to the teamplay cloud is protected by state-of-the-art cryptographic means.
Strictly controlled access
Access to your data is strictly controlled to safeguard your sensitive information. Only you decide to whom you grant access rights or with whom you share data.
You retain full control
You control personal data and PHI
Data privacy friendly settings give you robust transparency and control over personal data and protected health information (PHI) that leaves your institution. These settings differ in the amount and granularity of uploaded data.
You choose the level of protection
Patient privacy is protected by not uploading directly identifying details as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Three different protection levels are available. If you wish to upload more patient identifiers, teamplay Images provides such functionality.
You select the granularity of statistics
You decide how granular you want statistics to be. The most restrictive data privacy profile yields the least precise statistics. For additional control, you can exclude certain studies from upload by the teamplay Receiver, e.g. VIP patients.
teamplay Dose offers you at-a-glance insight into your current dose levels and into deviations from both internal and national thresholds. Drill-downs allow in-depth analyses and comparisons to both pinpoint issues and help decision-makers outline measures to resolve them.
teamplay supports you to be compliant with “Council Directive 2013/59/EURATOM”
One major topic of the European directive5 is justification of individual medical exposures. In special circumstances, the applied dose needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and documented to justify a specific individual exposure.6
Radiology departments need to provide evidence that they follow nationally defined reference levels for radio diagnostic procedures. teamplay Dose helps by offering a clear overview of, and the opportunity to comment on, dose outliers. The departmental dashboard on the home screen of teamplay shows at a glance how many examinations exceeded national reference levels or institutional set values. Besides dose monitoring, optimization is also part of the new guidelines. With teamplay, detected dose outliers can be easily analyzed. If an incorrect scan protocol was used, the protocol parameters stored on the CT scanner can be accessed with teamplay Protocols7 and measures to optimize the scan protocol can be directly triggered. Objectivity in comparing radiation dose values is also key. teamplay automatically maps customized protocols with protocol names based on the Radlex playbook.
Monitor dose levels
Check dose levels at a glance
Find key dose levels front and center on your Dashboard. It is intuitively designed to give you the insights you need – no training necessary.
Identify best-practice exams
teamplay Dose helps you identify areas of improvement and best-practice exams. All insights in teamplay Dose are based on data extracted from the radiation reports of your scanners.
Receive dose alerts
Receive alerts when maximum dose levels – be they official or customized – have been exceeded.
Identify what causes outliers
Monitor dose level compliance
Current dose levels as well as deviations from both institutional and national reference levels are displayed front and center on your Home.
Pinpoint exams with deviating dose levels
Exams that have exceeded specific dose levels are detailed on the Dose Events page.
Explore root causes
To analyze findings, focus on time frames, dose amount, and entity of interest, such as scanner, exam type, operator or location.
Important facts at a glance
teamplay Dose supports:
- Patient-centric dose monitoring
- Standardization and objective comparison, with the integrated Radlex Playbook lexicon
- National and internal dose reference levels
- SSDE and effective dose calculation by smart algorithms
- Reporting on dose events and assures their storage for future Q/A.
- Collecting information from multiple sources, including image headers, DICOM SR Dose reports, OCR on dose report images, etc.
Turning big data into smart data, teamplay Usage provides easy access to institution scores and trends. From a daily overview of the system scores to the detailed analysis of utilization trends, teamplay Usage allows a seamless access to your institution performance and beyond. It helps you refine your imaging efficiency and identify precise starting points for enhancing efficiency, competitiveness, and quality of care.
Track your imaging workflow
Gain valuable insights
Find near real-time key performance data of your connected fleet in one place. Get a clear picture of average exam duration, change time, your top performing devices and the utilization of contrast media.
Benefit from processed and comparable data
To ensure reliable comparisons, all insights are based on data extracted from the DICOM headers of your scanner images.
Understand usage patterns
An intuitive, clutter-free user interface lets you easily analyze and understand large amounts of complex data. Explore workflow-specific data on patients and exams, or focus on the efficiency and performance of individual devices.
Explore performance issues
Drill down to root causes
Identify areas that need adjustment at a glance, and tap down to explore the cause of performance issues. For an in-depth analysis, focus on a time frame, a particular modality type or a body region.
Compare performance of modalities to identify best-practice scenarios. Use your findings to make fast and well-informed decisions in tackling standardization of quality of care across your imaging fleet7.
Streamline your processes
View the exam list of a modality of interest to identify starting points for the improvement of workflow or scanner utilization.
Important facts at a glance
teamplay Usage supports:
- Monitor the assets when it comes to utilization
- Calculation of important KPI’s such as patient change time, exams per hour and table occupancy
- Group devices based on location or device type
- Export all graphs for reporting
- In-depth information of the utilized scan protocols with information such as duration of each sequence
- Benchmarking within the institution, IDN or other peers
teamplay Images and Images Research
teamplay Images8 is teamplay’s one-stop offering for imaging studies, designed for quick and easy web access from your device of choice. Collaboration features help you engage in professional discourse in a secured environment and pool expertise with staff and peers to improve patient outcome.
Ready access to imaging studies
Find your images in a single place
Images make accessing and managing imaging studies quick and easy. View imaging studies8,9 from both your fleet and collaborators. Search, sort, filter, download or add your own. Delete imaging studies to keep the database clear.
View images anytime, anywhere10
teamplay’s powerful full screen DICOM images viewer8,9 is fast, web based and zero footprint to ensure smooth viewing on the go. Scroll through cases and get a good look: Zoom, pan or select other series directly within the full-screen mode. The viewer comes with the right presets for windowing and color look-up.
Help improve patient outcome
Collaborate in a secure environment
Highly efficient collaboration features and a secured environment help you pool expertise to improve patient outcome. Next to imaging data in a DICOM format, teamplay Images supports to share all other formats, like Word, PDF etc. too.
Enrich your professional exchange
Have your imaging studies at hand for discussions with professional peers. Upload DICOM directly from your PACS via the teamplay Receiver or from outside of your institution by using the smart upload function. teamplay automatically removes patient information according to your selected privacy profile.
Share, comment and collaborate
Easy commenting and sharing lets you engage in professional discourse from your desk or on the go. Create or select an existing topic and share with staff and peers, students and educators. Read and add comments to discussions on shared images from your tablet – as easy as sending a mail.
Important facts at a glance
teamplay Images supports:
- Quick and easy image viewing and sharing
- Commenting on shared studies and share as well non-DICOM files
- Enriching your professional exchange of clinical cases with other professionals
- Building a virtual team
Growing as we go
teamplay Protocols gives you a clear picture of protocols installed in your imaging fleet7. Tidy, interactive grids make exploring protocols as easy as a tapping on your tablet.
View all protocols in one place
See protocol details
Find imaging protocols in one place. The viewer lets you analyze their details. Focus on a scanner (CT) and browse its protocol tree7 or file list when MR scanners are connected to teamplay.
Add comments to protocols
Add annotations for later reference, and distribute protocols with accompanying notes.
Explore version histories
Protocols change over time. To keep track of recent improvements, find out about the changes to protocol details7 in the version history.
Analyzing and optimizing quality of care
Streamline protocol roll-outs
Send particularly efficient protocols to compatible scanners in your fleet, straight from your distribution panel7,11. You want to ensure your scanners perform equally? Simply distribute an entire protocol tree.
Propagate protocols remotely
Save time and resources in your fleet network by distributing protocols remotely7,11.
Explore all CT protocols
Imagine browsing all CT protocols of your fleet in a single place. The CT Protocol Explorer gives you an instant access to an overview of all protocols in use. Dive in and explore their scan parameters. Or, find out about their usage on different scanners.
The CT Protocol Explorer comes with a powerful feature: It lets you compare protocols by parameter structure. With just a few clicks, you identify deviations or potential improvements.
Important facts at a glance
teamplay Protocols supports:
- Viewing and comparing scan protocol parameters of the entire CT fleet with the protocol Explorer
- Understanding what happened with the scan protocols at the CT in the change history view
- Distributing CT and MR protocols or protocol files to remote scanners
- Exact monitoring of radiation dose in a process of dose optimization with help of the analysis view
Opening a window into your cardiology workflow and operations, teamplay Cardio12 provides timely and meaningful insights into performance and status: from procedure volume and turnaround statistics to the detailed analysis of the utilization of staff, rooms and resources. teamplay Cardio's actionable data helps you identify precise starting points for planning and allocating resources to improve patient flow and physician efficiency.
Track capacity, workflow and supplies
Easy access to transparent data in a single app
Benefit from a minimal learning curve in an intuitively designed user interface as you analyze and navigate near-real-time key performance indicators of your cardiology department.
Measure operational and workflow effectiveness
Cardio collects, combines, processes and harmonizes data from both DICOM and non-DICOM systems to give you a comprehensive cross-source look at the department's performance, resources, and status.
Substantiate planning decisions
To help you monitor areas of improvement and calculate trends over time, with Cardio you can look at volume of exams over time and manipulate data to run customized reports.
Improve resource utilization and allocation
Monitor incomplete reports at a glance
Track the rate of incomplete reports throughout the day to ensure results are communicated timely and efficiently. Build on your insights to standardize operational practices.
Increase department efficiency with actionable data
Benefit from near-real-time order data from your echo labs and exam rooms. Use your insights to improve visibility of patient flow bottlenecks and department efficiency.
Share best-practice scenarios across facilities
Look at consolidated KPIs such as turnaround time, staff allocation, and patient flow from your facilities to identify best practices. Use your insights to standardize operations and quality of care throughout your organization.
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1Please check if teamplay is available in your country.
2Availability of Benchmarking option depends on a minimum number of considered subscribers to guarantee customer anonymity and data protection.
3Supporting HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance.
4The statements by the Siemens’ customer described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no »typical« hospital and many variables exist (e.g. hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.
5The council directive is a legal act on European level to participating countries, which requires member states to achieve a particular result without dictating the means of achieving that result. Under the assumption that the implementation of the council directive within Europe will lead to changes and adjustments teamplay Dose users will benefit of Healthineers development to keep the teamplay Dose application compliant.
6EURATOM Directive Article 55, 2.(b) + (c); For the complete directive visit the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/CELEX-32013L0059-EN-TXT.pdf
7teamplay Protocols supports selected Siemens scanners. Please contact your Siemens representative for more details.
8teamplay Images Research is not intended for clinical use.
9DICOM Image viewer is not intended for diagnosis.
10Prerequisites include: wireless connection to clinical network, meeting recommended minimum hardware requirements, and adherence to local data security regulations.
11Remote scanner access in teamplay helps to standardize and optimize scan protocols across a fleet at different locations. This could create a cost reduction for »unproductive« hours. Assume a 10h/week traveling time to harmonize MR protocols across five sites with an hourly wage of $90 for a chief radiographer.
12teamplay Cardio is not commercially available in all countries. Its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your Siemens Healthineers representative for more details. Pre-requisite for teamplay Cardio: an existing installation of syngo Dynamics VA20D with the enhanced data export functionality as well as a teamplay receiver installation. For the Orders category MLA needs to be ordered.