Radiologists get mobile access to images

May 17, 2017

In a March report on technology and healthcare, I mentioned Calgary Scientific’s ResolutionMD platform, which provides clinicians with collaborative and secure access to applications from web and mobile devices. More recently, in a blog post earlier this month, Josh Nash, vice president for corporate accounts at Calgary Scientific, describes how radiologists at Mayo Clinic have been using ResolutionMD running on tablets and smartphones.

He quotes Amy Hara, MD, a professor of radiology at for the Mayo Clinic, as saying, “We have even had a radiologist on an airplane connect to Wi-Fi and render a second opinion using ResolutionMD. Mobile imaging is breaking down a lot of physical barriers to get an opinion or diagnosis rapidly.”

Nash cites a study from HIMSS Analytics estimating that 80% of providers now use tablets and more than 40% use smartphones to provide and coordinate clinical care. Nash quotes Brendan FitzGerald, director of research at HIMSS Analytics, as saying, “This study identifies key areas where mobile technology can be most beneficial to providers. For example, access to data is huge—and this is true for both patients and organizational stakeholders. Hospitals can leverage mobile devices to access patient data across care settings.”

Nash writes that survey respondents were “loud and clear” about the need for integrated security.

“Providers want to use mobile devices to share and access patient data and images within their organizations without concerns about safety and security,” Nash writes. “Those surveyed for the study also noted that the ability to coordinate data between departments and hospitals in real time was high on their list of mobile data access needs.”

Calgary Scientific offers a white paper on mobile adoption in clinical settings. You can download it here (registration required).

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