One of the most frustrating parts of medicine is trying to get access to a patient’s radiology studies that were performed at an outside hospital or from a completely different geographic area, especially when time is lacking.
Most films are standardized and can be viewed on a DICOM machine — but they require patients to carry around CDs, not ideal and practical. And if you want to get an image from another hospital system, often times you have to get a courier to get the actual CD, or just get the results faxed to you. Again, not ideal situations.
Often times, this lack of continuity leads to repeat radiology studies being performed, especially in acute settings.
But, what if all the medical images were stored on a central cloud? And physicians could share those images with each other, and even better, patients could control who had access to all of their medical images.
This cloud based solution is one step closer to reality with two key announcements by MIM software yesterday. (read more)