Back in August of 2011 Cook Medical announced the endoscope and it’s availability and now with the HD camera it looks like you get some really good graphics with endoscopic procedures and have the opportunity to store them in your PHR with HealthVault. First we had the opportunity for doctors to share and collaborate and now you store your own once your doctors has made the video available. I have several interviews over the years with Cook Medical who is the largest privately owned device and technology company in the US. The device for the physician’s side is touch screen.
Cook Medical Introduces Endoscope With an HD Camera Attached- Portable Imaging System for Urologists
“With high definition video and still-image capture capabilities in a compact, portable setup, endogo HD allows a physician to share and review exam findings with the patient or family immediately following the exam, at the patient’s bedside or in a waiting room. A resident can also share captures with the attending physician, which may reduce the need for repeat procedures. With the endogo HD, OR imaging capabilities can now be available throughout the facility, wherever a procedure is performed. The combination of data acquisition, storage, management and the synchronization of patient folders in an easy-to-use Web application makes it possible to send an image or video over a secured connection to a referring doctor outside the facility.”
If you do not have a HealthVault account, there’s always a permanent link on the Medical Quack to the site to find out more information, as it is right above the quick and easy utility to find clinical trials.
HealthVault also has a nice dicom viewer for Windows users and perhaps soon they will develop it for other operating system but you can store your shared dicom images in the Azure cloud with HealthVault as well. This feature became available last April. It is kind of surprising today if you end up in an ER room that some of them do not have a viewer on their available computers either. You can read more at the link below on how the “connection center” works with dicom image storage and it’s not bad at all with pretty good clarity. BD
HealthVault Begins Storing Medical Images (Dicom) Using Windows Azure Cloud Services With Full Encryption
Envisionier, the leader in portable endoscopic capture and data integration, today announced the first endoscopic multimedia integration between Microsoft HealthVault and the eGoWorks® application. This connection enables a patient to access, view and share their endoscopic multimedia information stored within HealthVault, an online service for managing personal health information.
With a patient’s permission, surgeons using eGoWorks services will have the option to share medical image exams and associated reports directly with a patient authorized HealthVault account. Patients will generate a secure challenge and password combination that will allow the patient to “pick up” the data and move it into their personal HealthVault record.
David Guy, Envisionier’s CEO states, “By connecting with HealthVault, Envisionier seeks to improve the exchange of pertinent medical endoscopic data that has been tethered to legacy video tower systems or EMR systems unable to direct connect. The integration with HealthVault allows the patient to control their medical data ”
“Patients are the clear winners with Envisionier eGoWorks’ new HealthVault connection. Not only can individuals now easily share endoscopic multimedia and reports among members of their care team; they can also be confident that they’ll have access to the information for years to come to better detect trends and changes in their health. We’re excited to have Envisionier as an ally in our journey to empower patients to take charge of their family’s care” stated Sean Nolan, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer.
eGoWorks®’s connection to HealthVault enables electronic movement of data rather than patients transporting records, reducing time and cost associated with redundant exams while additionally creating a longitudinal endoscopic record for the patient to share with primary care physicians and specialists.