Health Cloud Management as a Service

| October 10, 2012

Cloud applications are in high demand, therefore providing a unique opportunity for MSPs (managed service providers) today. According to IDC, a marketing intelligence firm, the growth rate in data volumes across businesses will grow five-fold in the next four years.

This forecasted growth is cross industry, however, health care has more data intensive applications that can improve the  patient experience. One managed solution is available from  DICOM Grid, a global cloud platform for medical imaging information and applications.  Patented data security transforms  medical imaging information into a dynamic data warehouse where open web services provide universal access to all your clinically rich data.  Now you can safely and easily deploy cloud applications for medical imaging collaboration, exchange, vendor-neutral archive, business continuity, EMR integration, bio-informatics, and more.

PHR provides patients with an easy and secure way to share their medical images with their physicians, enabling them to upload images from a CD, DVD, or thumb drive, as well as download and view their own images.

For patients online sharing of medical images has a series of benefits, particularly when there is also travel involved – either to see a specialist, or second opinion – or when the patient is moving around the country or around the world.

These benefits include the ability to access the images irrespective of the location of the patient or the healthcare provider, certainty that the images are readable and safe, and under your control. This all means that there is less likelihood of requiring another examination in order to recreate an existing (but lost) report, with all the time, money, and radiation exposure that this involves.

For providers online sharing of medical images improves the quality of patient care, while reducing the cost of dealing with moving images in and out of the local system. It use should meet the “Stage 2 Meaningful Use” of clinically relevant information between providers of care at care transitions.

Sharing medical images with the entire care team –from referring physician and patient to medical specialists, such as surgeons is often a time consuming an inefficient process, so often only the diagnosis report is shared. But images are a very powerful way to convey information, especially to the patient, even if they don’t have the training to understand all the detail. So having the surgeon use an iPad to show the patient before surgery what they are going to do is a powerful way of including them.

Mobile applications are availablewith a  wide range of viewing devices; from iPads to Windows laptops. Applications have been designed from the ground up to work over limited bandwidth networks – only the relevant images are delivered to the viewer, and a secure connection is used for all data.

But the most important part of  mobile viewers is the workflow and the security that lies behind the viewer software. It ensures that the remote viewing is tightly integrated with the whole medical image management process, including HL7 reports, irrespective of which Modality or PACS stores the image and study.

Equally the unified security model ensures a consistently secure access to the patient data.

Category: Big Data

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