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Integrated Clinical Image Viewing and Sharing Completes the Cycle of Care
Alternate text Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 10/16/2014 1:04:56 PM

Integrated Clinical Image Viewing and Sharing Completes the Cycle of Care
It’s no secret—healthcare is changing dramatically right before our eyes. Physician practices are consolidating, hospitals are merging and effective image viewing and sharing are becoming more important than ever in a world where “meaningful use” of health information means more to the bottom line than many may realize. 

Many organizations, perhaps yours, are taking advantage of the latest and greatest imaging technologies available, but are still struggling with image viewing and sharing capabilities.  CDs and USB drives are commonly used to share images with referring providers creating an unsecured, slow, and detached imaging environment. Momentum is growing, within healthcare organizations and Healthcare IT firms, for a move to easy access to all images associated with a patient. We are quickly leaving behind the CDs and USB drives and it is a very good thing…
 
By modernizing and upgrading your image viewing and sharing capabilities to take advantage of today’s web- and cloud-based technologies, your organization can improve patient care by delivering faster, easier access to images, reduce costs by eliminating the need for duplicate images or CDs, and increase your physician referrals by capturing all referrals and providing ease of use.
 
Nevertheless, identifying and implementing the right image-management solution for your organization is not simple. Here are a few questions that can help you as you look into the best solution for your image viewing and sharing needs:
 
  • Do we use images before, during or after patient encounters?
  • Do we need to store images and reports in the patient record, and how can we accomplish that efficiently?
  • Do we need to access images remotely via web browser or mobile device?

What types of image formats do we need—PDFs, JPEGs or full resolution DICOM images?
 
To learn more, download our complimentary white paper, “Complete the Cycle of Care with Integrated Clinical Image Viewing and Sharing.”
 
You’ll learn how to determine just what image viewing and sharing solutions your organization needs—and why—to compete in today’s evolving healthcare environment. It can also help you sort out the answers to questions like those above, as well as to identify the types of solutions that are worth exploring based on your needs.
 
“Complete the Cycle of Care” can help you get started on determining what that all means to you.
 
 
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