If you attended the RSNA Annual Meeting last week, there’s a good chance that your feet are still sore from walking from session to session, your voice may be a bit hoarse, and your to-do list overflowing with follow-up items. Like every year, RSNA brings together the entire radiology world ranging from physicians to technicians, to IT staff, vendors, consultants, investors, students, and more! It is really a one-stop shop for every medical imaging related conversation that you could dream of having.
While we saw many familiar faces at RSNA, we wanted to share some of the new buzz happening around booth #1122.
Enabling access to imaging across departments and facilities is critical to speeding up communication among medical staff and was a major topic of discussion at RSNA. A successful image management strategy not only covers imaging acquisition but also the return of valuable information to the referring network or directly to the patient. Leading up to the show, Ambra Health announced that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medicine had selected Ambra’s best-in-class imaging solutions. The latest wave of leading enterprise customers marks significant growth for Ambra, which has continued to expand its platform to deepen patient engagement and accessibility, including a new app launched last month and new patient portal capabilities.
During Google’s corporate symposium, Ambra Health CEO, Morris Panner, shared a new collaboration between Ambra and Google Cloud to advance healthcare research with anonymized medical imaging data. Leveraging Google Cloud’s Healthcare API, the Ambra Health Cloud PACS solution for Google Cloud allows researchers to turn data into insights by easily de-identifying patient medical imaging data for use in research studies. Leading academic medical centers are among the first research institutions to use the solution to enable machine learning research to improve patient care. Dr. Curt Langlotz MD, Ph.D., Director of Stanford’s New Artificial Intelligence Laboratory demoed the technology allowing these projects to take place at the Google booth. You can read more in the Google Cloud Partners case study here.
Morris also spoke at the Amazon Web Services event on Wednesday evening where he highlighted how partnering with Amazon AWS provides the flexibility and infrastructure for a new world of healthcare opportunities.
Ambra was honored to host the 2nd annual RADxx awards. The RADxx Awards recognize the achievements of women in the field of medical imaging informatics, as well as anyone— both men and women— who have supported the career advancement of women in medical imaging informatics. Informatics is a fast-growing discipline within healthcare as new technology and increased amounts of patient data converge. Applying that practice to medical imaging requires additional expertise that bridges the gap between patient care, physician workflow, imaging operations, and technology solutions. Award winners were selected by the RADxx executive committee from eligible submissions.
One of the most exciting stories that Ambra was looking forward to sharing at RSNA was the collaboration between Google Cloud, RAD-AID, and Ambra’s cloud PACS software to bring a digital radiology infrastructure to a rural children’s hospital in Laos. Ambra Health’s, Erin McGee, Manager, Professional Services spent two weeks in Laos getting the Cloud PACS software up and running. She shared her story at the Google booth, and you can read more about it in her guest blog post.
Today, imaging, whether taken at the facility or sent from other hospitals, is routed to the cloud for secure image viewing, collaboration, and for the technologists to make comments in the reports. CR and US scans from Lao Friends Children’s Hospital (LFHC) are being sent directly to the Friendship PACS in addition to CTs being taken at the government hospital across the street. Imaging is then sent to the Google Cloud for archiving and a teleradiology workflow which allows the LFHC radiology team, trained by a few years of observation and experience, to provide comments on abnormal scans and flag scans that need additional review by an outside US-based volunteer radiologist.
Read the case study for more details and be sure to check out the video below.