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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Learn How RSNA Image Share Offers Patients Secure Imaging Records

RSNA 2013 attendees looking for a simple yet secure way to share images with their patients and other physicians are encouraged to check out demonstrations this week of the award-winning RSNA Image Share program.

RSNA Image Share is funded by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and administered by RSNA. Image Share enables patients to successfully control storage and distribution of imaging exams and reports using an electronic personal health record (PHR) account. Five sites initially launched the RSNA Image Share network: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City; University of California, San Francisco; University of Chicago Medical Center; and University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Recently, several community practices have joined the network, including the Monmouth/St. Barnabas Health System in New Jersey, Gillette Children's Hospital in Duluth, Minn., and Advanced Radiology of Connecticut.

RSNA Image Share addresses one of the key goals of US federal health information technology initiatives: patient engagement. PHR systems from four participating vendors—Dell, DICOMGrid, itMD and lifeIMAGE—allow patients to maintain their medical imaging history and share exams securely with care providers and others. The network is based on standards defined by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) that have been used as the foundation for health information exchanges around the world.

More than 6,000 patients with nearly 25,000 total exams have enrolled in the RSNA Image Share network as of early November 2013. Nearly 2,000 of these patients have created personal health record accounts and accessed their images. Recognizing RSNA Image Share with a Patient-centric Imaging Award this year, Health Imaging magazine noted a patient survey that revealed nearly all respondents were satisfied and felt the tool was important.

"Using CDs to give patients copies of the medical images and reports can be a cumbersome and frustrating process for radiology staff and for patients too," said David Avrin, M.D., Ph.D., vice-chair for informatics and a professor of clinical radiology in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. As a member of RSNA's Radiology Informatics Committee, Dr. Avrin has helped to develop RSNA Image Share.

Eliot Siegel, M.D., vice chair for informatics and professor of radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, reported the results of a survey of approximately 500 patients conducted at the University of Maryland this summer. Almost all of the patients (ninety eight percent) responded positively to having direct access to their own images and reports, seventy nine percent of patients who signed up downloaded their own images, one third of the patients reported e-mailing them to family and friends, and ninety seven percent reported asking their physicians additional questions after viewing their images.

"RSNA Image Share lets you use secure Internet technology to give your patients control over their records," Dr. Avrin said. "They manage their information in secure PHR accounts and decide who to share them with."

The IHE/Image Sharing demonstration takes place during technical exhibition hours, Sunday through Thursday, in the North Building, Hall B at Booth 8140.

Image Sharing Town Hall Meeting

RSNA will host a town hall meeting, "Image Sharing: Empowering Patients and Improving Communications" on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room E253AB. The meeting will feature representatives of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and participants in the RSNA Image Share network, who will present their perspectives on image sharing and answering questions from meeting attendees. Anyone interested in the use of technology to empower patients and improve communications is invited to attend.

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