the program has been funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the NIH. The next step will allow patients to share images without being uploaded to a PHR. Normally you would want records connected of course connected to your personal health records; however in case of trauma situations this would be helpful.
Phase 3 gets a little interesting as it touches on what we all talk about today and that is privacy, as this phase will allow for the images to be used with clinical trials but they will be de-identifed. At any rate having this available connected to a PHR now is great. As it works now patients need to create an account and password and then are given access to images via their PHR and when you read below there’s quite a few mainstream Clinics and Hospitals working the project. For the rest of us, Microsoft HeatlhVault can store images and Endoscopic videos. BD
HealthVault Begins Storing Medical Images (Dicom) Using Windows Azure Cloud Services With Full Encryption
Multi-Media Data Sharing Comes to HealthVault PHR–Store and Share Your Endoscopic Videos From Physicians
Patients can successfully pull their medical images from the "cloud" making it faster for them to distribute them to their physicians regardless of where those physicians might be, according to a preliminary report of an image share project that involves five different academic institutions.
The image share project includes the University of California, San Francisco, University of Chicago, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY.
"The patient can arrange with their radiologists' office to have their images and the radiology reports exported into an Internet-based personal health record (PHR)," said David Mendelson, MD, principal investigator of the image share project. Once the information is in the personal health record, the patient has full control over distribution of the images and reports. Images can be viewed immediately online by signing into one's PHR. In addition, e-mail links can be sent to physicians allowing them to view and download the images and reports as needed, said Dr. Mendelson.