A company that has developed widely used technology to exchange medical images among healthcare organizations is now offering a new version that it contends delivers increased interoperability and enhanced ability to share radiology studies and related reports.

The product, developed by Newton, Mass.-based lifeIMAGE, is intended to give healthcare organizations the ability to offer referral and coordinating sites a way to easily share medical information, including diagnostic imaging. Called LITE, the new solution was developed to enable organizations to achieve quick and simple interoperability.

Imaging sharing capabilities are growing in importance, as studies grow in size and complexity. It’s also crucial for large integrated delivery systems to enable timely distribution of imaging exams to the right specialists for review.

The company says LITE uses application programming interfaces (APIs) based on standards to facilitate access to a variety of medical imaging data types, across imaging platforms offered by multiple vendors. It also can connect to any medical records system that has achieved Meaningful Use Stage 2, it contends, which reduces “the need for proprietary APIs or multiple exchange solutions based for DICOM or HL7.”

The new offering also can integrate into providers’ existing workflow without requiring additional user interfaces. It enables a set of diagnostic images to be bundled with reports, obviating the need to reconcile separate files at receiving sites, the company says. It also allows radiologists to identify high-priority or urgent exams, and it enables exams to be automatically routed based on rules predetermined by the healthcare organization.

The technology further supports quick deployment and operation—it uses a multi-threaded streaming architecture to enable it to quickly send the imaging study to the next destination, instead of requiring a complete download before the file is sent.

“This product is standards-based and integrates right into existing workflow. You don’t need to program around proprietary requirements, and you aren’t forced to learn and use additional user interfaces,” says Matthew A. Michela, lifeIMAGE‘s president and CEO.

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