June 21, 2011 — In a move that expands its technological capabilities, the Memorial Hermann hospital system has implemented a cloud-based medical image-sharing platform from DICOM Grid that greatly enhances image management, distribution and data exchanges between referring physicians and hospitals in southeast Texas. Memorial Hermann is among the first in Texas to employ this image-sharing technology.
Powered by DICOM Grid, provider of a cloud-based platform for medical imaging management applications, the technology increases the quality of care, patient safety and business continuity between Memorial Hermann's hospitals, imaging centers, affiliated physicians and other providers in the community. The group’s enterprise-wide technology initiative improves service and promotes tighter integration with facilities that refer patients to its Level One trauma center and physicians that utilize any of the 28 Memorial Hermann imaging centers.
"This technology has the potential to revolutionize patient care," said James McCarthy, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center/UTHealth. "The image sharing capability accelerates diagnosis and treatment and helps avoid unnecessary imaging tests. Images can now arrive to our emergency center well-ahead of patients, allowing the studies to be read and the clinicians to be prepped and ready-to-go as soon as patients come through our doors."
The group selected DICOM Grid because its cloud-based architecture best enables the healthcare system to meet the clinical and business demands of a rapidly evolving health system. The solution improves imaging management, distribution and data exchange, offering radiologists and physicians 24/7 access to images captured within the network of providers that use the service. It also streamlines workflow and quality care, especially for trauma patients, across the system.
The image-sharing technology is just one component in the Memorial Hermann Information Exchange (MHiE) infrastructure. The exchange is an encrypted electronic network that will give authorized users access to real-time patient information, including medical images and clinical data.
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