X-Rays in the Cloud: Indiana Health Information Exchange and SeeMyRadiology.com partner
to make medical image sharing easier in Indiana
ImageZonemakes medical images available when and where they are needed most
INDIANAPOLIS – May 8, 2012 – Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc. (IHIE), the nation’s largest health information exchange, together with SeeMyRadiology.com, a cloud-based medical imaging platform, are making it easier for Indiana physicians and hospitals to access and share radiology images with the launch of ImageZone.
ImageZone is a cloud-based medical image sharing platform that provides a digital alternative to the traditional methods of sharing radiology images on hard copy films and CDs. The platform enables healthcare providers to securely access and share patient medical images, such as X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans, in real time. ImageZone will be offered in Indiana exclusively through IHIE and is powered by SeeMyRadiology.com’s cloud computing platform, which adheres to all HIPAA compliance standards, and is equipped with sophisticated encryption and compression technology allowing secure image sharing, routing and viewing via a single online community.
“Giving providers timely access to accurate and diagnostic-quality medical images can make an immediate impact on patient health, particularly in urgent care situations when doctors may not have time to re-image a patient,” said Dr. Joshua Nelson, chief medical officer for IHIE. “We are pleased to be working with SeeMyRadiology.com to provide this service to hospitals and medical specialty groups throughout Indiana because it will make a positive difference in how treatment is delivered.”
IHIE selected SeeMyRadiology.com because of the platform’s ability to cater to the varied image sharing needs of all the health information exchange’s (HIE) members. This offering is important in today’s healthcare environment, which places a significant emphasis on provider collaboration during the care process.
“HIEs are critical to improving patient care and safety as well as reducing costs for providers,” said Willie Tillery, chief executive officer at SeeMyRadiology.com. “To maximize the value they can deliver, HIEs must be equipped with solutions that allow for the rapid and secure transmission of patient information. SeeMyRadiology.com’s broad range of features ─ from basic image exchange to complex physician and patient sharing initiatives, mobility and systems integration ─ will enhance IHIE’s services and improve the organization’s care coordination over time.”
For example, ImageZone will impact the care process for transferring trauma patients ─ a situation that frequently requires healthcare providers from rural and specially-equipped facilities to quickly exchange medical images. ImageZone will allow providers to share images digitally from any PC or mobile device with an Internet connection, rather than manually via CD or hard copy films, which can be lost or unreadable. In addition, ImageZone’s digital sharing platform will ensure that receiving physicians obtain images immediately and securely, enabling them to administer life-saving treatment more quickly.
The ImageZone solution requires no software download at the recipient’s site and offers an intuitive interface with a full range of communications options for image viewing and collaboration. ImageZone joins IHIE’s suite of interoperable, standards-based solutions which includes the Indiana Network for Patient Care®, DOCS4DOCS® and the QualityHealthFirst® Program.
About the Indiana Health Information Exchange
Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc. (IHIE) is the nation's largest health information exchange organization. IHIE is responsible for securely delivering clinical information to assist with care coordination and improving patient outcomes to more than 80 hospitals and 19,000 physicians across the state of Indiana. Healthcare providers trust IHIE to deliver critical patient data when and where it is needed most. In addition to hospitals, IHIE also serves long-term care facilities, immediate care centers, public health centers and freestanding labs and imaging centers. IHIE is a non-profit corporation formed by the Regenstrief Institute, private hospitals, local and state health departments, BioCrossroads and other prominent organizations in Indiana. To learn more, visit www.ihie.org or call (317) 644-1750 for more information.
SeeMyRadiology.com, an Accelarad venture, is an online community for medical image exchange that is revolutionizing how imaging facilities, physicians, and patients store, share and access medical images and reports. Via a cloud computing platform, SeeMyRadiology.com allows for easy collaboration and communication among health care providers and patients, dramatically improving access, costs, speed, and mobility of medical image exchange throughout the continuum of care. By fully complying with HIPAA privacy and security rules, SeeMyRadiology.com safeguards total patient confidentiality.
Accelarad, an Atlanta-based company, is a market leader in medical image cloud computing. With the launch of SeeMyRadiology.com - its new online medical exchange community - Accelarad will continue to lead the industry, working with more than 900 facilities and 4,000 physicians, and processing more than 300 million medical images annually, serving as a new model for the delivery of radiology services through its virtual radiology network (VRN). Please visit http://www.accelarad.com or http://www.seemyradiology.com or call 1.888.883.4544 for more information.