NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, lifeIMAGE announced the launch of the first in a series of product releases based on the fourth generation of its medical image exchange platform. The new platform further promotes interoperability through standards-based exchange with other relevant and authorized applications, and enables healthcare enterprises to develop workflows for exchanging exams with patients using the same electronic image sharing system utilized by clinicians and facilities. Available immediately, lifeIMAGE will demonstrate the new platform in booth #1560 at the Radiological Society of North America’s 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, occurring November 29 - December 4 in Chicago.
Patients say one of the key factors in choosing a radiology provider is the same-day delivery of imaging results. According to The Advisory Board Company’s 2015 Imaging Consumer Preferences Survey, that preference ranked just second among patient priorities behind out-of-pocket costs. lifeIMAGE 4.0 includes a fully integrated workflow for sharing exams with patients through the RSNA Image Share network. This capability leverages the IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I) standard so disparate facilities can register images and reports for patients to claim. Patients can access exams through lifeIMAGE or any standards-based personal health record (PHR) application, or images can be embedded in patient portals deployed by health systems.
"We are delighted to see our partner, lifeIMAGE, integrate the RSNA Image Share application into its 4.0 platform,” said David S. Mendelson, MD, Principal Investigator for the RSNA Image Share network. “This gives lifeIMAGE customers the ability to offer their patients easy access and ownership of their images - fully aligned with national efforts directed at personalized medicine through direct patient engagement.”
The updated platform also allows radiologists and other care providers to engage patients directly to provide consultations or secondary interpretations, or to ensure their prior imaging history is available to the broader care team before an appointment. It provides advanced workflow and configurability for incorporating exams into a healthcare organization’s information systems such as the picture archiving and communications system (PACS), vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and electronic medical record (EMR).
“To meet today’s challenges of reducing healthcare costs while increasing patient engagement and care quality, health data needs to be liquid, securely flowing wherever a patient presents,” said Hamid Tabatabaie, lifeIMAGE executive vice president and co-founder. “lifeIMAGE 4.0 extends data flow further out into healthcare networks, and now to the patient, to positively affect care quality and healthcare’s bottom line.”
lifeIMAGE is an interoperable medical image sharing network that helps healthcare providers access their patients’ imaging records, regardless of where exams are performed or stored. It has been adopted by more than 120 multi-site health systems across the country to improve care coordination for patient consultations, referrals and transfers. This enables providers to improve the quality and timeliness of care, expand referral business, and eliminate wasteful spending.