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October 22, 2015

Three Things Images Need to Do to Be Interoperable

I don’t think a day has gone by in the last month that I haven’t heard, written, spoken or read the word “interoperability.” Like any good buzzword, it’s infiltrating the lives and inboxes of healthcare professionals across the country.

But beyond the hype, it’s a key initiative that we are strongly committed to here at lifeIMAGE. A truly comprehensive patient record needs to include all imaging exams from every source. Local and regional image repositories are a step in the right direction, but they only work for providers who participate on their own and require transmitting the imaging information, whether or not it’s needed.  True interoperable image exchange needs to be done through a platform that uses standards to create a federated model for sharing.

Our CEO Hamid Tabatabaie recently had the opportunity to speak with Becker’s Healthcare on this topic, along with Dr. John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Mony Weschler, Chief Technology and Innovation Strategist at Montefiore Medical Center.

In the article he explains that for images to be interoperable, they need to be able to do three things:

  • Connect to the host’s EMR so imaging can be integrated locally.
  • “Ride the same rails” that EMRs do when patient records are exchanged.
  • Exchange between the medical image networks themselves.

Although the future is still uncertain for image exchange and interoperability, healthcare organizations can start taking these steps now to be prepared for what lies ahead.

Read the full article here.

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Emily Kobak

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