building an enterprise image exchange network
March 05, 2018

LITE: Building Your Own Health Provider Network

You want simplicity. Yet, the experience of building and sustaining a referral or data exchange network has proven to be slow, expensive, and fraught with limitations on services and onerous vendor requirements.

lifeIMAGE has finally tackled to the ground one of the most complex but foundational needs of every hospital system or clinical trial network who must “subscribe” a user on demand into a network; and this interoperable standards-based connectivity can be achieved by you within minutes. Giving you the power to take control of this process simply, efficiently, and at low cost is what we accomplished when we developed the lifeIMAGE Transfer Exchange (LITE).

Here at #HIMSS 2018, we are previewing LITE and demonstrating first hand (click here to register) how easy it is to install and use this novel application. If you have sophisticated workflows or data requirements, we will be able to walk you through LITE’s advanced value-add features that also simplify the complex so that “it just works”. If you can use and harness the power of a smartphone then you can use and harness the power of the most advanced application accessing medical information in the industry.

With LITE, health systems and hospitals can offer their referral and coordination sites a “lightweight” yet powerful tool that can facilitate the sharing of any and all clinical information including medical images. You can reduce your ramp up time to bring providers onto your network from weeks, days, hours to minutes and start sharing information across your network:

  • Fast and easy deployment including remote configuration into PACS – LITE dramatically reduces both the time and resources required for a referral or coordination site to set up and begin exchanging. A sharing site can download the application, even onto a local desktop, in less than one minute. LITE can be configured even into complex workflows in under a hour.
  • True Bi-Directionality – Sharing sites can simultaneously send and receive both medical images and associated clinical information, which eliminates unnecessary delays in delivering and receiving exam detail.
  • Auto-routing exams based on rules-based DICOM metadata – In many cases, the care team for a patient can be spread across multiple specialties, practice groups, and institutions. You can set up rules with LITE to auto route exams to different locations based on matching DICOM metadata.
  • Exam prioritization – Large files and/or heavy exchange traffic can lead to delays in patient care. This is problematic, especially with trauma or urgent cases where every second matters. LITE’s exam prioritization functionality creates a “passing lane” for those with a designated DICOM priority tag to ensure that priority exams are exchanged first and eliminate bottlenecks.
  • Multi-threaded image streaming – Similar to today’s video streaming applications, LITE uses a multi-threaded streaming architecture. This means that the moment it receives a message, it’s able to begin streaming it to the next destination, eliminating download delays and enabling faster exam transfer.
  • True interoperability – LITE facilitates access to all data types across multiple vendors at scale. It is standards-based and connectable to any HIT vendor who is MU2 certified, reducing the need for proprietary application program interfaces (APIs) or multiple exchange solutions based on data type or form.
  • What LITE does NOT have – An additional user interface (UI) for you train on. Unique and proprietary APIs for you to program around. Proprietary encryption and key management with unidentified security risks and added costs. Forced complexity in deployment and supportability that increase your total cost of ownership (TCO).

Finally: with LITE, hospitals, health systems, providers, and medical information networks have a high-performance tool set that saves time, aggravation, and resources in creating and expanding a referral and coordination network. Imagine expanding your network “out of the box” without even having to involve your IT department. Simple, right?

Come to booth #2465 to learn more about how to make your life easier by building your own healthcare network to improve your access to information.

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Matthew Michela

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