Medical Image Exchange: Why One More System?

When it comes to medical software, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.Healthcare organizations are forced to juggle several systems at once – PACS, RIS, EHRs, VNA, and modalities, to name a few.

“Why would we want to invest in another system, when we already have so many?”

This is a common question we, at DICOM Grid, hear from potential clients during the buying process.Well, here is our answer: image exchange systems will keep your organization competitive in an increasingly technologically savvy world.

In this post we examine how image exchange platforms will help your organization:

  • Extend the functionality of your current systems
  • Improve interoperability across departments and facilities
  • Help meet growing demands for immediate access to imaging
  • Eliminate inefficiencies and antiquated methods of image distribution

Keep reading to find out why a medical image exchange platform is exactly the “one more system” your organization needs.

Extend the functionality of your current systems

If your organization is on the pulse of digitizing patients’ medical information, you probably already have an electronic health record (EHR) or Health Information Exchange (HIE) in place. Burdened with the inability to share medical imaging work, many institutions are still missing a large piece of the puzzle. A medical image exchange platform can easily integrate with your current system to make image transfer seamless and easy.

Improve interoperability across departments and facilities

When researching medical image exchange platforms, don’t think of them as separate, additional systems. Instead, they should be viewed as the backbone to your organization’s current image management infrastructure. By running this distribution layer in the background, your disparate systems will have the ability to communicate and exchange information automatically.

Help meet growing demands for immediate access to imaging

Most image management strategies lack universal viewing capabilities – which enable the viewing of medical images and reports at anytime, from any location.

With the rise of mobile technology, we’re seeing increasing demand for imaging at our fingertips, when and where it is needed. The result has been a fundamental shift in how we think about accessibility, and what users expect in terms of on-demand viewing. Universal viewing mobilizes imaging data across organizations. This means, your organization will not only have the ability to view patient imaging exams on any modality, doctors can also make assessments from any device with an internet connection. Yes, this means tablet devices as well.

Eliminate inefficiencies and antiquated methods of image distribution

With a medical image exchange system, you’ll no longer need to transfer studies on CDs or through a VPN connection. Electronic sharing makes it easy to receive patients’ exams from anywhere in the world. This not only saves time, but will also make you more accessible for referrals and second opinions.

Additionally, most medical image exchange platforms require little to no hardware installation, so the setup is inexpensive, quick, and simple.

Why one more system? Why not! A medical image exchange platform is the one system your organization needs to seamlessly integrate, connect departments, and run smoothly.

Catherine Slotnick, Marketing Manager

About Catherine Slotnick

Catherine Slotnick is a passionate healthcare marketer with a deep interest in the latest & greatest in the Health IT space. As Ambra Health's Director of Marketing, Catherine primarily focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership content in the radiology and informatics space. Catherine graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology & Art History. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and petting dogs that aren't hers.

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