eHealth Technologies - Streamlining Medical Image Access and Sharing

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.

Keywords: 
HIE, medical image sharing, patient information