Congratulations on developing your new Healthcare IT section page. Joe Conn has done a fabulous job covering news, trends and issues in this space and is sure to continue doing so. Interoperability will be a major topic in the coming year with a specific focus on image storage and exchange. Diagnostic images represent 80% of stored healthcare content; yet most electronic health-record systems do not make images readily accessible. If a child today can readily download and watch a movie on a television or computer, why can't doctors have more ready access to diagnostic images in EHRs?
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Technology exists to efficiently bridge the interoperability gap between images and EHRs. Vendor-neutral archiving is critical. Zero-download DICOM and XDS viewing is imperative. The time is now to image-enable electronic health records if, in fact, the EHR is to be "meaningfully" used.
Beth Strohbusch Public relations counsel Merge Healthcare Milwaukee
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