NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--lifeIMAGE announced today the launch of a new solution that gives healthcare organizations the ability to offer their referral and coordination sites a simple to use yet powerful tool that facilitates the sharing of any and all medical information including diagnostic images. LITE was developed with interoperability and simplicity in mind for healthcare entities to quickly deploy and build clinical networks.
Historically, building and sustaining a data exchange network in healthcare has been challenging. It is burdensome for IT departments to implement and maintain, complex to integrate into workflows, expensive, and difficult to meet proprietary and onerous vendor requirements.
“The goal at lifeIMAGE was to achieve greater healthcare interoperability. LITE drastically simplifies the complex so you can build an interoperable network without an IT department,” said lifeIMAGE President and CEO Matthew A. Michela. “This product is standards based and integrates right into existing workflow. You don’t need to program around proprietary requirements, and you aren’t forced to learn and use additional user interfaces.”
With dramatic shifts currently underway in the sector, interoperability provides a critical pathway for healthcare organizations to coordinate care, build clinical networks, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, make better clinical decisions and accelerate discovery.
Benefits and features include:
- LITE uses application programming interfaces (APIs) based on standards. There are no proprietary or unique APIs for you to program around.
- LITE facilitates access to all medical imaging data types across multiple vendors at scale. It is standards-based and connectable to any HIT vendor who is Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) certified, reducing the need for proprietary APIs or multiple exchange solutions based for DICOM and HL7.
- Integrates into your existing workflow: Additional UIs are not required. This “headless agent” allows an administrator to make customizations for desired automated workflow.
- Bundle diagnostic images with reports: No need to interrupt workflow to access a secondary solution to send diagnostic reports and associated clinical files. The information is sent together with the images, which also eliminates the need to reconcile separate files at the receiving site.
- Exam prioritization: Get the most critical exams first. Large files and/or heavy exchange traffic can get in the way of sending more critical exams in a timely fashion, which potentially leads to delays in patient care. LITE creates a “passing lane” for those with designated DICOM priority tags of “high” and “medium” to ensure that the most critical exams are exchanged first.
- Auto-routing exams based on rules-based DICOM metadata: In many cases, the care team for a patient can be spread across multiple specialties, practice groups, and institutions. You can set up rules with LITE to automatically route exams to different locations based on matching DICOM metadata.
Fast and easy deployment
- Remote configuration into PACS: LITE dramatically reduces both the time and resources required for a referral or coordination site to set up and begin exchanging. A sharing site can download the application, even onto a local desktop, in less than one minute. LITE can be configured even into complex workflows in under an hour.
- True Bi-Directionality: LITE is the only solution in the market that allows sites to send and receive both medical images and associated clinical information concurrently. This feature helps to eliminate unnecessary delays in delivering and receiving exam detail.
- Streaming: makes it fast. Similar to today’s video streaming applications, LITE uses a multi-threaded streaming architecture. Once the application receives data, it can start streaming the image to the next destination, eliminating download delays and enabling faster exam transfer.
What LITE does not have:
- Proprietary encryption and key management with unidentified security risks and added costs.
- Forced complexity in deployment and supportability that increase your total cost of ownership (TCO).
With LITE, hospitals, health systems, providers, clinical trial networks and other medical information networks have a high-performance tool set that saves time and resources in creating and expanding a referral and coordination network.
“We preannounced LITE to our existing customers last month,” said Michela. “In a short amount of time, we’ve deployed the application to nearly 30 hospital customers. That kind of response demonstrates a clear market need.”
With its beginnings in medical image exchange, lifeIMAGE now orchestrates the flow of any and all clinical information across the patient’s journey, in real time, to help care teams and researchers make informed decisions. Founded in 2008, lifeIMAGE has spent the past decade innovating and building an interoperable network ecosystem connecting hospitals, physicians, patients, pharmaceuticals, medical device, telehealth and EHRs. Today, the lifeIMAGE network connects over 1,400 facilities in the United States, including 7 of the top 10 U.S. hospitals, with 150,000 U.S. providers and 58,000 clinics globally.