Sitting down to prepare for our monthly webinar, my thoughts strayed to the concept of purpose again.
Medical image exchange is becoming more and more commonplace in healthcare, and for good reason. It eases the burdens of administrative and medical staff. It grants sick patients easy access to their medical imaging exams. It gives the parents of sick children one less thing to remember and worry about during the care process. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to truly see the benefits, unless you get up close and personal.
One conversation with a concerned mother solidified the worth of medical image exchange for me.
Amy Gleason’s daughter, Morgan, was a healthy and active 11 year old. A competitive gymnast and cheerleader, Morgan suddenly started having difficulty preforming the routine acrobatics she frequently practiced. Amy’s motherly intuition told her there was something seriously wrong with her daughter.
After fifteen months of going to countless specialists and healthcare professionals, Morgan was finally diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JM). This rare autoimmune disease causes muscle weakness, along with many other distinctive complications. While there is no cure for JM, with the proper medication regimen, the disease can go into remission.
As you can imagine, Morgan currently has a large team of doctors working to control her condition. “She has a lot of different specialists, so she has quite a long history of these providers and they don’t talk to each other. I become the one in the middle,” explains Amy Gleason.
Using our platform, Amy was able to create a free account, download Morgan’s medical images, and began closing the information loopholes in her daughter’s care. Medical image exchange technology granted Morgan’s care providers access to the same medical information. By utilizing this system, they could better communicate and collaborate on the best treatment plan for Morgan.
Today, Morgan is doing great and is enjoying a normal teenage life. We are thrilled that our technology could contribute to her getting better, in even a small way.
There is a reason we are all so passionate about our jobs. It is true stories, like this one, that make the late nights and the tough grind worth it.