The right tools make a big difference in any industry, and of course, the same applies to the medical imaging industry. Having the best technology solutions help everyone involved: patients, administrative staff, care providers, and IT administrators. If you want to make your organization more productive by improving access to medical imaging data, you’ll want to consider these four solutions.
Most institutions are still distributing exams on CDs. The problem is, CDs can often become lost, scratched or unreadable due to the myriad of viewers. The solution is electronic medical image sharing, which allows you to quickly upload, share and view large imaging files in real-time. In minutes you can share access to imaging data through the web.
Archiving imaging data can be a challenge due to the growing size and volumes of files. Cloud storage solutions can lower the costs associated with backing up images, while improving disaster recovery and access to data. Organizations with large data sets may want to consider a hybrid solution to help bridge the gap between onsite storage and cloud storage.
Tablet devices are becoming an integral part of the medical world, and they present huge opportunities for imaging. A zero footprint viewer quickly launches patient imaging exams from any browser. For example, when a doctor receives new medical images for a patient after hours, he/she no longer needs to rush back to the office to make an initial diagnosis. Instead, the care provider can view the images right from the comfort of home, allowing for faster and for more convenient treatment.
For patients, not having access to their personal health information can be quite upsetting. Personal health records give patients secure online access to their medical images—X-Rays, CTs, MRIs and ultrasounds, etc. Once an account is set-up, patients can login at any time to upload and view exams, share imaging information with specialists, and even access medical images from tablet devices.
Enacting these four tools will better your organization by making it more streamlined, easier to manage, and more patient and staff friendly.