Nuance is now officially in the medical image and document sharing business with their new acquisition. It’s not the first and won’t be the last as here’s another that opened last year. Features of course may not be identical but the main show here is to share medical images to avoid having duplicates done again for one and secondly the ability of physicians to share with each other as well as hospitals.
Radiology Society of North America Image Share Project Completes Phase One With Allowing Patients To Use and Store Medical Images in the Cloud–PHRs
As I read here the platform will integrate with current medical records systems and images are stored in the cloud, where else:) Many medical records companies already have a document sharing module but this now incorporates the cloud and imaging which is a bit more complex. As I read through here there’s a dicom viewer built in so no separate software for that for those MRI and CAT scan images.
You need to become a member and I don’t know what the pricing is as I didn’t go that far. In addition PHRs have been in the image sharing business for a while with HealthVault as one example that has a built in Dicom viewer. That viewer comes in handy. You can read the links about the PHR aspect below.
HealthVault Begins Storing Medical Images (Dicom) Using Windows Azure Cloud Services With Full Encryption
Microsoft HealthVault Connects to Astra Candelis Cloud Imaging Solutions–Take Your Ultra-Sound Images With You
Multi-Media Data Sharing Comes to HealthVault PHR–Store and Share Your Endoscopic Videos From Physicians
The big plus here is for the built in capability for physicians to be able to have the information within a medical record as when else are you wanting to review medical images, when you are looking at the patient records. BD
Nuance Communications has announced today the immediate availability of Nuance PowerShare™ Network, the industry’s largest cloud-based network for securely connecting physicians, patients, and others to share medical images and reports as simply as people exchange information using social networks.
“This nationwide network, one that is fully integrated into the EHR workflow and already connected to approximately half of all clinicians producing diagnostic imaging information, is a ground breaking solution that delivers immediate benefits at an unprecedented scale to our healthcare system.”
“The challenge of sharing images with interpretive reports is something we’ve heard about consistently from our customers and EHR partners, and we know Nuance PowerShare Network will overcome this major obstacle, helping physicians treat patients more efficiently and effectively,” said Peter Durlach, senior vice president of marketing and strategy, Nuance Communications. “This nationwide network, one that is fully integrated into the EHR workflow and already connected to approximately half of all clinicians producing diagnostic imaging information, is a ground breaking solution that delivers immediate benefits at an unprecedented scale to our healthcare system.”