With medical image archives increasing by as much as 40% annually, many hospitals are turning to technology to help patients and doctors manage their care. AT&T has created a mobile application that addresses the challenge of increasing demand for data storage while reducing image management costs. This pay-as-you-go, cloud-based solution will allow hospitals to provide better, more efficient care to patients while providing convenient, cost-effective solutions for physicians. With this centralized solution, an image archive infrastructure can be scaled in a highly secure, high- availability operating environment on an as-needed basis.
AT&T also offers an FDA-cleared mobile diagnostic viewer with AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management.
This mobile diagnostic viewer is a highly secure, cloud-based application that frees medical image diagnoses from the confines of a desktop, allowing access via a provider’s tablet or smartphone. With this enhancement, physicians can quickly access, view and interact with patient images and reports stored within the healthcare facility and render a clinical diagnosis from virtually anywhere.
These devices currently are being tested at several hospitals around the country. Some patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital are using tablet computers to call for nurses and view their health records, including information about their allergies and medications, as well as educational materials about their conditions. The hospital says the switch away from nurse page buttons will make care more efficient and eliminate the need to spend millions to replace an aging call system. “A lot of efficiency can be gained from having a more intelligent nurse call system in place,” says Judy Hanover, an analyst who covers health care for IDC. She adds that providing patients easy access to their medical records could help the hospital satisfy federal guidelines on “meaningful use,” making the hospital eligible for bonus payments.
In Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center also has embraced mobile devices in the bring-your-own-device spirit. Patients there can use their own mobile devices to access the hospital’s secure network which includes a number of web-based apps for contacting caregivers and checking on the status of their treatment.
Coupled together, these two solutions integrate patient records, images and reports to make vital patient information accessible virtually anytime, anywhere, helping to speed patient diagnoses. Since no data is sent, stored or downloaded to the devices, there is no additional cost for data sends. More importantly, by keeping data off the device and behind a highly secure firewall, the security of personal health information is maintained as well.
Read more about these innovations here: Hospitals Testing Windows 8 Tablets to Boot Patient Care, Lower Costs – The CIO Report – WSJ and AT&T med_imaging.
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