Guest post written by CEO, Morris Panner.
This past Sunday morning at about 9:30 a.m., my daughter pulled herself out of the pool after a hard swim: the100 meter free style.
She started to complain of pain and then soon was doubled over, vomiting.
An ambulance rushed her to Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Three units of morphine later, she was a bit groggy, but comfortable enough. The team performed an ultrasound.
Despite the best efforts of the tech and the radiologist, they couldn’t see everything they needed to see.
Ninety minutes after she drank the contrast solution, she had a CT exam and 30 minutes after that, we knew enough so that she could go home. We walked out with our records and a CD with her imaging studies.
This isn’t a quiz and she is now back at 5th grade feeling fine (for the medically curious, email me – firstname.lastname@example.org). Everyone at Inova was caring and responsive.
Still, I couldn’t help but focus on the importance of imaging.
After I asked whether a CT and the radiation exposure was really worth it, one doctor said to me, given her symptoms, there were two choices, imaging or surgery.
I was also struck how easy it was to move imaging inside the hospital, but how hard it was to share it with others. The radiologist was critical to the process, but in some ways was only the beginning. The specialists we consulted all wanted to see the imaging. They valued the radiology report, but wanted to view the studies themselves.
I used the cloud-based image exchange platform, www.accessmyimages.com, to upload the two studies and share them with another doctor outside the hospital. Otherwise, I would have had to copy and mail the CD, which would have hardly happened in the 30 minutes it took me to use www.accessmyimages.com.
As a result of my career, I have been a part of the medical imaging world for quite some time now and have heard many use cases. Still, there is nothing like first hand experience to bring home the patient point of view. Sending studies through www.accessmyimages.com ensured that I could share the imaging information with other doctors outside of the hospital easily and quickly. I wasn’t held hostage to a CD and there were fewer barriers to communication. We take this for granted in so many areas of our life, but in healthcare, it is still a challenge.
In the world of advanced imaging, it is important to see the patient, but maybe even more important to see inside the patient. How we move that imaging is going to be core to improving patient care and letting anxious parents everywhere, sleep a little bit better.
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