News | August 30, 2012

HealtHIE Nevada Provides Image Exchange Capability to Community-Based Health Information Exchange Users

August 30, 2012 — HealthInsight, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers and eHealth Global Technologies (eHGT) announced the successful go-live for HealtHIE Nevada of eHealth Image Exchange, a service that enables authorized health information exchange (HIE) participants to seamlessly share diagnostic quality images.

With a single click on a patient’s report, physicians can view associated X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans and ultrasounds images instantly, from the context of the patient’s full medical history. Participating HIE providers can access current and past diagnostic imaging exams to assist them in providing more effective diagnosis, care planning and delivery of healthcare services, taking advantage of a variety of tools within a zero-footprint viewing platform, the eHealthViewer ZF.

“We are excited to be the first imaging center in Nevada to provide this service and its benefits to our care community,” said Don Shackley, chief information officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Center. “Patients no longer need to retrieve and transport X-ray films or images on CDs from location to location, as reports are always accessible via the HIE. Patient records are more complete, which reduces the need for costly duplicate exams and unnecessary radiation exposure for patients, while improving the efficiency of delivering patient treatment.”

“Having one of the largest providers of images in the state of Nevada take the lead on this initiative is a testament to the value eHealth Image Exchange provides,” said HealthInsight Executive Director Deborah Huber. “Ordering physicians can access reports and images immediately as they are available so that patients get more timely care with reduced risk due to incomplete medical records.”

“When a patient presents, physicians need a variety of medical information quickly and easily to provide accurate, timely care,” said Gary Larson, chief operating officer and general manager, HIE services, eHGT. “Diagnostic quality images are an essential element of the patient record, and we are thrilled to provide this service to patients across Nevada, improving their care process and reducing the spiraling cost of care.”

HealtHIE Nevada is powered by Optum HIE. Optum’s partner, eHGT, provides eHealth Image Exchange via the Optum Image Gateway.

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