Patient care doesn’t only occur when a clinician is in front of their computer. It’s critical for them to have the clinical information they need – no matter where they are – to make timely patient care decisions.
Mobile and Image Sharing
Any facility that relies on medical images for patient care needs a strategy that makes images accessible for mobile viewing.
As more healthcare organizations incorporate mobile devices into their everyday workflows, clinicians can now easily access this information on the go, including medical images.
Imaging professionals need to access and share imaging exams on their mobile devices when treating patients in various locations or in emergent situations like trauma or abuse cases. Before incorporating mobile devices for image exchange, it is important for healthcare organizations to first consider an enterprise-wide mobile strategy. This strategy should not only enable the ability to view imaging exams for consultations, but it should also enrich referring clinicians’ experience with the organization’s electronic medical record (EMR), as well as the personal health records for the patients they serve. Many EMR systems give clinicians access to patient records, but not all support access to images.
Any facility that relies on medical images for patient care needs a strategy that makes images accessible for mobile viewing that includes the following:
- Medical image viewing software that is designed to make effective use of the low bandwidth of mobile network, is intuitive to the user, and includes tools to be able to manipulate images for optimal viewing.
- Mobile software that ensures the security of patient data, uses encryption during transmission, and does not keep any data on the device after the viewing the image.
- The minimum size of the mobile display is optimized to ensure the display area is sufficient for review.
- A complete image set that is derived from a trusted system to be able to deliver the complete exam or image for each viewing session.
Impact on Patient Care
The Life Image Mobile 4.0 App enables imaging professionals to have full access to any image available through the Life Image system. The App was built specifically to support the latest Apple release of iOS11 and supports both iPhone and iPad.
The App is a portable extension of a user’s account and can be used to instantly access referral images on the go, review results and have faster ‘curbside’ consults with colleagues.
The App also allows users to:
Image access anywhere
Instantly access images, anywhere with an Internet connection
Collaborate more easily during meetings and conferences
Conveniently access exams during patient consults
Easily share images
Capture images through their device and share them
Mobile Workflows in Action
Using mobile devices for trauma cases:
- Patients are brought to the hospital for care or patients encounter major issues within the hospital
- Exams are done to help assess the level of injury or trauma to the patient
- All these exams are funneled through the main system, creating a single point of access to the exams
- These exams are shared across members of the trauma team to ensure they all have the correct information
- Decisions or triage can be done to ensure the proper steps of care are then taken for the patient
Using mobile devices for stroke cases:
- For a patient experiencing a stroke, even a short period of time can represent the potential for irreparable damage
- Allows neurologists to access the stroke patient’s exams at the bedside
- Allows doctors to follow stroke protocols without delays
- No time is wasted, which is precious in stroke situations