Imaging accounts for 90% of all data stored in electronic health records – making it clear that image exchange is critical to coordinated patient care. Add in HIPAA privacy rules that require healthcare entities to store electronic health data, including digital images, and you see how the need to securely and cost-effectively share medical images via the cloud has skyrocketed.
Without the accessibility and scalability of the cloud, you also face the daunting task of managing terabytes or even petabytes of imaging data, which means escalating IT costs and difficulty achieving later stages of Meaningful Use. Not to mention the inability to create a complete patient record which would eliminate inefficiencies such as patient-borne CDs and duplicate scans that expose patients to radiation. To enable faster collaboration that improves the delivery of care and reduces costs, you need to share images via the cloud.
Merge Can Help
Our new solution for image interoperability is Merge Honeycomb™
. The Merge Honeycomb framework delivers free image sharing and affordable archiving applications though the cloud. With Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing, physicians or patients can safely and securely share images anywhere, any time. As a free service, Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing offers an efficient and easy-to-use way to quickly share images with others who can help diagnose and treat patients faster and more cost effectively.
Merge Honeycomb Archive provides a long-term cloud-based storage option. Images are stored securely, in multiple locations and are accessible anywhere, any time. As your storage needs grow, you can simply add capacity in the cloud instead of adding onsite storage hardware, management and bandwidth.
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