Should Patients Have Access to Medical Imaging?

From generation to generation, we’re seeing healthcare consumers increasingly yearning to be more informed about their health outcomes. While some patients have taken individual initiatives to promote their agency in the healthcare process, from selecting physicians online to creating a repository of personal health information, why is medical imaging still not easily accessible to patients?

To understand this issue, our team here at Ambra Health recently conducted a study on  1,100 healthcare consumers across different age groups and genders to understand two important factors:  

  1. How healthcare consumers engage with their healthcare providers
  2. How to use technology for access to medical information and medical imaging

All in all, these factors attempt to answer the question of should patients have access to medical imaging

Why is accessibility of medical imaging important for the patient?

Well, first and foremost, patients want to actively take part in making informed decisions along their healthcare journey. The report presents that patients, regardless of gender and age group, would be interested in increased accessibility of medical imaging, with

“73% of respondents indicating they would like ALL their medical data to be accessible via a standard website or mobile device.

Allowing patients to be more involved in their healthcare process optimizes the patient’s healthcare journey not only because of increased agency on the patient’s end, but also in terms of less administrative time spent rustling through CDs to access or send over images. Moreover, if patients choose to seek another provider, the accessibility of their medical imaging significantly reduces additional harm incurred through repeat scans.

And for the provider?

You might be wondering, of course the patient benefits from accessing medical images, but how does that translate to the provider? From analyzing the results of our study, it appears that  increased accessibility of medical images for patients increases long-term loyalty to their provider, especially amongst the younger healthcare consumers. The use of a unified cloud system and elimination of antiquated CDs reduces the lag time during patient visits and enhances the patient- provider experience. Founder of Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Van Sice states that, with “Ambra and avoiding CDs, I’ve reduced my stress and the stress of my staff regarding patient imaging”.

However, as healthcare providers, one of the most important tasks is to ensure that the patient’s healthcare needs are met. With nearly 80% of healthcare consumers supporting the receipt of diagnostic imaging and radiology reports after tests, it is the responsibility of the provider to find a solution that enables accessibility of medical imaging.This not only ensures patient satisfaction, but also ensures consistent engagement with that health care provider.



About Sara Muche

Sara is a Sales Development Representative at Ambra Health for the Mountain and West North Central region. Sara received her Bachelors from Davidson College, where she majored in public health and completed the pre-med requirements. Sara is from Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys traveling and getting involved in the Ethiopian community.

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