How Nuctrac Is Allowing Nuclear Medicine to Move to the CloudPosted on: 10.03.19 by Digirad
It’s no secret that the ordering and management of radioisotopes for nuclear imaging is a complicated and often cumbersome process. Nuctrac™ is a new, cloud-based software tool that nuclear departments are leveraging to simplify and streamline these tasks.
The Basics of Nuctrac’s Nuclear Medicine Cloud
Developed by Cardinal Health, Nuctrac is a cloud-based system that helps nuclear medicine departments keep records, place orders, and manage compliance.
Cardinal Health is a well known and leading provider for the sale and distribution of radioisotopes. For years they offered radiopharmaceutical management software but decided to reboot their whole effort and take it to the next level with a move to the cloud. Nuctrac™ is the result of that development.
At a high level, Nuctrac is a cloud-based nuclear medicine management solution that helps nuclear medicine departments provide patients a higher level of care, keep up with complicated compliance and regulatory standards, and improve care coordination and communication with other medical staff.
The application is browser-based and best viewed on a desktop computer or tablet. Because it’s cloud-based, you don’t have to go back and forth between imaging rooms and fixed locations where your records are stored. Instead, you can get access to the data you need anywhere, at any time.
Nuctrac can integrate directly with your EHR and uses advanced barcode technology to reduce potential medication errors, so patients are kept safe.
Nuctrac and Your Practice
Though technologists love spending time their patients, they certainly don’t enjoy the administrative work that the care often involves.
Nuctrac handles patient scheduling, ordering doses, and even documents exactly how much radiation a patient received. The software guides users through all of the math, half-life, measurements, and also sends reminders about when you need to place orders, perform compliance activities, and more.
These features help technologists streamline their process and save time by eliminating the need for mounds of paperwork.
But what’s most valuable about the software in the eyes of many professionals is the fact that it makes you well-prepared for an audit from the NRC or another regulatory agency.
The documentation is readily available to an auditor in both paper and electronic format, and you can prove that you’re in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR.)
Having the documentation readily available when you need it makes the auditing process less stressful and allows you to get back to your patients quickly.
Security and Nuctrac
A significant concern for all nuclear medicine departments is data safety and security — especially when it comes to sensitive medical records that could result in a HIPAA violation.
Thankfully, Cardinal Health utilizes a SOC 2 program for Nuctrac to ensure the data is secure. This means that an outside auditing firm closely examines the software and processes to ensure that they are operating under industry best practices.
Upon request, your IT department can receive a SOC 2 certification report confirming that there are no major, preventable gaps when it comes to the security of the data.
In a sense, Nuctrac™ is in a constant state of security audit under the SOC 2 program.
In short, you can rest easy knowing that the data in your nuclear medicine cloud software is secure.
Is Nuctrac the Right Fit for Your Nuclear Imaging Department?
Technology and cloud-based software have revolutionized many areas of our lives, and with Nuctrac™, the cloud is being fully realized for nuclear medicine and many practices are seeing tremendous time savings by letting software do much of the leg work.
If you are interested in learning more about Nuctrac contact the Cardinal Health team or schedule a demo.