Technology | May 01, 2014

Nuance Unveils PowerShare Network, a Cloud-based Imaging and Report Exchange

May 1, 2014 — Nuance Communications announced the immediate availability of the Nuance PowerShare network, the industry’s largest cloud-based network for securely connecting physicians, patients, government agencies, specialty medical societies and others to share essential medical images and reports as simply as people exchange information using social networks. The PowerShare network promotes fully informed and connected physicians and patients who instantly view, share and collaborate while addressing patients’ healthcare needs.

“Organizations are being tasked to communicate efficiently both in and out of their networks to provide clinical insight to physicians beyond one person or office to a much broader team involved in the continuum of care,” said Keith Dreyer, D.O., Ph.D., FACR, vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) IT and Informatics Committee. “The Nuance PowerShare network bridges the information sharing challenge physicians face today with a network that supports things we’ve dreamed of doing for years,” he added.

Fully Connected Patients & Physicians

The Nuance PowerShare network is already used by more than 1,900 provider organizations for sharing images via the cloud. It eliminates the costly and insecure process of managing images on CDs and removes silos of information in healthcare that inhibit providers from optimizing the efficiency and quality of care they provide. Anyone can join the network regardless of systems in place to instantly view and manage images needed to consult, diagnose or treat patients, enabling physicians to more seamlessly evaluate and deliver care for patients who transition between facilities or areas of care. 

“The challenge of sharing images with interpretive reports is something we’ve heard about consistently from our customers and EHR (electronic health record) partners and we know the PowerShare network will overcome this major obstacle, helping physicians treat patients more efficiently and effectively,” said Peter Durlach, senior vice president of marketing and strategy, Nuance Communications. “This nationwide network, one that is fully integrated into the EHR workflow and already connected to half of all clinicians producing diagnostic information, is a groundbreaking solution that delivers immediate benefits to our healthcare system.”

“Integrated image and report sharing helps us deliver quality care and drive down costs especially when patients transfer from one facility to another. Whether at their desktop or on their mobile device, our physicians can see the study that was done along with the interpretive report, which provides the information they need to treat the patient and avoid duplicate testing,” said Debbie Gash, vice president and CIO, St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo. “By integrating this with our EHR, PowerShare enables physicians to manage inbound imaging through one point of access and login through our EHR. Physicians in our 11 hospitals and 100-mile radius referral network see this cutting-edge technology as a way to deliver the highest level of patient care,” she added.

For more information: www.nuance.com

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