Managing transitions of care continues to be one of the most disconnected and wasteful aspects of healthcare today. These issues are beginning to be addressed through Meaningful Use initiatives by:
- Incentivizing the connectivity of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT)
- Connecting providers with Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)
- Sharing patient records through solutions like the DIRECT Project
- Exchanging Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) and Consolidated CDA documents
What is missing in these efforts, however, is an essential part of the patient health record: medical images. Easy and immediate access to images is often required to get the complete picture of a patient’s health and ensure that the patient has the most effective care plan.