Ask any clinician or patient who relies on access to diagnostic imaging, and they will tell you that it is a key component of the health record. Regardless of your organization’s size or specialty, reliable, quick, and universal access to clinically rich imaging data is essential across the entire care continuum. Therein lies the rub. The traditional way of managing information in departmentalized PACS is falling short. The closed loop design of these systems combined with data exchange on CDs and VPNs leaves much to be desired.
When properly deployed, new technology for storing and sharing data helps to overcome the challenges associated with traditional PACS architecture and point-to-point distribution methods. Cloud-based solutions for medical image management are specifically designed to make the process of storing and sharing data easier, more productive, and more accessible for administrators and physicians alike. While improving clinical and operational efficiencies is of upmost importance, in the medical world, security is where the rubber meets the road.
As new technology pushes aside traditional methods of sharing and storing data, one question remains: how is everything secured?