Telecommunications giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based medical imaging and information management service.

Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala., and Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System have signed agreements to pilot the service, which will connect doctors to patients' medical images, promising faster treatment.

The imaging service enables providers to store, access, view and share patient medical images and information over a secure infrastructure. The cloud service is offered on a pay-as-you-go pricing system where providers pay based on the gigabytes of information transferred per month.

The system utilizes AT&T's Synaptic Storage-as-a-Service offering in combination with a universal clinical platform from Acuo Technologies. Acuo's technology provides access to medical images from disparate picture archive systems.

The size of the business need being tackled is substantial. Baptist Health, for example, has accumulated more than 2 million patient images and creates some 30,000 images per month.

Mel Duvall writes for Information Management, a SourceMedia publication. This story first appeared on IM's Cloud Computing Exchange web site.


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