In an era of widespread deployment of PACS, moving images and reports from one facility to another remains a challenge. David Mendelson, M.D., chief of clinical informatics at New York-based Mt. Sinai Medical Center, described at HIMSS12 how the personal health record could be a solution to the problem.

In the current environment, patients often tote copies of their radiology images and adjoining reports on CDs, he noted. But oftentimes, CDs are written to proprietary viewing formats and difficult to open at the receiving institution. Increasingly, patients are seeking second opinions from other radiologists about their images, he notes, adding that at Mt. Sinai, nearly 5 percent of CDs brought in by patients cannot be opened.

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