Patient engagement remains a high priority for most healthcare organizations, and enabling patients to access their medical records has been established by many providers as a key way to do so.
Now, access to reports in electronic health records is no longer the only way to get patients involved—a recently developed kiosk gives them access to their medical imaging exams.
Carestream Health is deploying its MyVue Center Self-Service Kiosk in six countries in Europe and South America in recent weeks; plans to make it available in the U.S. are not yet certain, although the company says it plans to launch more broadly “in coming months.”
Patients can use the kiosk to print or share radiology reports with providers and output medical images onto medical laser imaging film or a USB drive. Patients also can use the kiosk to gain rapid, convenient access to their medical exam information by using a secure method of identification to obtain their medical images or radiology reports.
“In many countries, patients are responsible for managing and sharing their own medical records,” says Mike Cullinan, manager of product development and OEM relationships for Carestream’s medical print business. “This kiosk equips patients to easily print radiology reports and output medical imaging exams onto laser imaging film or a USB drive.”
Patients can thus bring their images with them when they go to another doctor or specialists for further treatment, Cullinan says. “Or they may want to keep these records on file to document their medical condition.”
The self-service kiosk also enables healthcare providers to enhance productivity and reduce operating costs by automating distribution of medical images and radiology reports to patients.
Facilities that integrate MyVue Center with Carestream’s MyVue patient portal will enable patients to share access to their medical images and reports with physicians, friends or family members. Patients will be able to view and share their medical images and radiology reports from a variety of Web-enabled devices including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, or from a healthcare provider’s EHR portal.
The approach could aid patients in the U.S. where image exchange between providers is sometimes complicated by challenges in sharing medical records among systems from different manufacturers. “Providers can make both imaging studies and associated radiology reports available from the kiosk,” Cullinan notes.
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