This blog is totally independent and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Telstra Health May Be On A Serious Winner With This Service. Looks Pretty Useful To Me.
Telstra Health has announced it has ‘implemented a vendor neutral image and data management service that provides radiologists with the ability to view x-rays, MRIs and other radiology studies, regardless of location or the system used to capture the image.’
The company says its new service ‘bundles vendor neutral archiving capability with a curated storage solution and Telstra’s best of breed [data] network.’
This combination of software and the Telstra IP network allows very large studies to be rapidly fetched from the archive by any site in the network, reducing idle time and improving efficiency.
Telstra says that the sharing ability of the solution ‘can deliver multiple benefits, including improved efficiency and reduced costs by avoiding unnecessary duplicate imaging and lost time while waiting for images to load.’
‘It also means second reviews can be conducted or reports archived without concern as to what system was used to capture the image. This solution lends itself to radiology providers who outsource their reporting services to teleradiology organisations.’
Michael Boyce, Telstra Health’s Head of Provider Applications, said: “that the solution demonstrates in the real world how a better connected health system can benefit patients and providers.”
“The image and data management service means more convenient access to images and reports and reduced time taken for a diagnosis to be delivered to patients. For radiologists and the business it means more efficient use of skills and resources, allowing images to be automatically routed to the most appropriate radiologist available depending on the type of image or skill set required.
“When a patient sets an appointment the service can pre-fetch prior studies of that person, making the patient’s history available at the radiologist’s fingertips,” continued Boyce.
If, at the end of the day, the service can allow people to avoid carting all those folders of x-rays etc. to all the different clinicians who have an interest it has to be a winner.
Even better, if the radiology and image providers, are able to store all your images in the cloud it will be both cheaper and more efficient - avoiding the use of all those films and silver in the first place.
The challenge will be to figure out how just such a service will fit into the e-Health ecosystem and where the rather laughable efforts to manage images in the PCEHR are actually heading and if they will ever be useful.
I note GE have similar plans in the US for the cloud in the US - so it seems it might be a good idea?