Center for Diagnostic Imaging, with 102 standalone imaging facilities and 140 mobile units serving parts of 40 states, has been capturing and storing studies for the past decade in a private cloud archive from Lexmark Healthcare.
The archive has served CDI radiologists well, enabling easy access to historical images to compare with more current images of patients. Now, CDI is moving to cloud-based data sharing with other clinicians, and so is its vendor.
The cloud approach is expected to facilitate image sharing with primary care physicians and specialists—the ones who refer patients to CDI. Those clinicians are rapidly moving to value-based accountable care, which incentivizes health information exchange among various types of providers, including radiologists.
Over the years, CDI has been burning images onto CDs and mailing reports to referring physicians. That now is changing, as CDI is moving to health information exchange, by collaborating with Lexmark to develop a secure cloud platform on which to store images and reports and a Web portal to enable partner physicians to pull their patients’ exams from the platform, getting information back from radiologists quicker and better supporting care coordination, says Linda Bagley, CIO at Center for Diagnostic Imaging. “We want to make sure patients and physicians have immediate access to their images where and when they need them,” she says.
The cloud sharing initiative is just being rolled out this fall with the goal of having CDI on health information exchange enterprisewide in 2016. The company selected Lexmark as its cloud host because of its existing long-term relationship and familiarity with the vendor, the functionality and security of the exchange, its financial stability, and because Lexmark is one of a small number of health information exchanges that can operate on a nationwide scope, Bagley says.
Physicians can sign up on CDI’s Web site, under Physician Login, to exchange images and reports, not just with CDI but with other clinicians at no cost, Bagley says. “Our focus is on the patient and making sure they get proper care and faster care coordination.”
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