"Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners..." - Aaron Smith of the Pew Research Center
Several years ago, I was an unlucky recipient of a torn meniscus in my right knee. After a few days of ice and pain, I decided to make an appointment with my family physician. My family doc referred me to obtain one X-Ray study, one MRI study and one visit to a physician assistant. The physician assistant referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. Finally, I made it past the gate keepers and sat upon the paper covered examination table explaining what happened to the surgeon.
"Where's your X-Ray and MRI?" asked the surgeon. Being the clever clinical IT guy, I knew this moment would come. This would be the make or break moment where he would have enough information to make the call... or have to delay my pain even further. A few days prior, I had stopped at the hospital radiology deparment and requested a CD with my X-Ray and MRI studies. The radiology department representative happily created the CD and hand scribed my full name, date of birth and Medical Record Number upon the surface fo the CD. "Don't want to drop this one in the parking lot..." I thought.
I handed him the CD-ROM. "Oh, great!" the surgeon exclaimed with a hint of sarcasm. The surgeon pressed the CD tray eject button, loaded the CD, waited several seconds...... waited several more.... and ERROR. The executable on the CD would not load. The CD and my images were unviewable due to IT security restrictions on the PC.
That was several years ago. CD-ROM technology is now so old that most new devices don't even come with CD-ROM drives or reading capabilty. But imaging facilities still use this old technology which results in frustrated clinicians, insecure patient data and re-imaging of disatisfied patients. With all of the issues around CD burning of medical images, it's time to retire the practice of CD burning.
Innovation to the rescue:
Integrating with any EMR or Practice Managment System, the IMSI PatientCONNECT™ solution gives your patients the ability to access their medical images from their smartphones, devices, PCs and virtually any device. Patients can also give access to their providers and specialists using PatientCONNECT™, completely eliminating the need for CD burning or CD reading.
Welcome to the 21st century!
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Smith, Aaron (2015, April 1). U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015.
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