August 9, 2011

Medical Image Sharing Now a Priority for U.S. Hospitals

Year-long surge in adoption of medical image sharing technology has helped lifeIMAGE grow by nearly 100% for each of the last 4 fiscal quarters

Newton, MA. (PRWEB) August 08, 2011

lifeIMAGE, the nation's leading service for universal e-sharing of medical images, today released unprecedented growth numbers demonstrating that adoption of medical image sharing is taking off as a national trend for U.S. hospitals. Until now, sharing medical images among doctors and across hospital systems was the responsibility of the patient or an overnight courier to outside physicians. After a scan, people received medical images on discs or film and were required to bring images from one physician to the next "“ sometimes on different floors of the same medical facility. Patients could post personal photos and videos to Facebook or YouTube before their physicians could share medical images with another care provider. The rapid adoption of lifeIMAGE is putting an end to that practice at many of the nation's most highly regarded hospitals, and trending information indicates continued growth into 2012.

"The fact that you can see images from any medical institution has been very well received by our clinicians "“ they are using this new found accessibility to collaborate with patients, specialists, and clinical staff in a very effective manner," said Dr. Keith Hentel, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations at Weill Cornell Imaging for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. "Every day we get more requests to add physicians to the image sharing system. lifeIMAGE is improving clinician workflow and accessibility in a way that wasn't possible even five years ago."

Modeled after secure web-based banking systems and mobile phone networks, lifeIMAGE has the most widely adopted platform for sharing medical images. With lifeIMAGE, medical professionals can view and share images anywhere in the world on all types of computers and mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets, with fewer clicks than it takes to make a dinner reservation. Unlike other image sharing systems that require hardware or software downloads and installations, the lifeIMAGE service requires only an internet connection. lifeIMAGE now makes medical image sharing as simple as sending an email and more secure than on-line banking.

"Over the past year, the rapid rate of adoption of our services is very much due to the fact that everyone who learns about our technology immediately knows that it's a game changer," said Hamid Tabatabaie, founder, and CEO of lifeIMAGE. "Within fifteen minutes of first using the system, physicians can be actively collaborating with colleagues. Response from physicians has been fantastically positive."

The growing list of lifeIMAGE clients includes seven of the top 17 hospitals named to the prestigious Honor Roll of the Best Hospitals from the 2011"”2012 U.S. News & World Report, and additional institutions are anticipated to sign up before the end of this year. According to U.S. News & World Report, "Honor Roll is reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties." The publication goes on to add, "Just 17 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated for the 2011-12 rankings qualified."

Outside of the Honor Roll rankings, of the 48 hospitals using lifeIMAGE 25 are ranked among the best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. lifeIMAGE clients represent three of the top ten cardiology and pulmonary centers and four of the top ten neurology and oncology centers in the country. Together, lifeIMAGE hospitals represent over 31,000 physicians and 9,000 image intensive clinicians. Annually, these hospitals conduct more than 25 million outpatient visits, 12 million radiological exams, and over 3 million emergency room visits.

The list of recent client hospitals includes:

  •     Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
  •     Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
  •     Children's Hospital Boston (Boston, MA)
  •     New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York, NY)
  •     Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY)
  •     Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Stanford, CA)
  •     Jefferson University Physicians of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  •     University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore, MD)
  •     Loyola University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
  •     University of Florida, College of Medicine Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
  •     Rhode Island Hospital (Providence, RI)
  •     Miriam Hospital (Providence, RI)
  •     Newport Hospital (Newport, RI)
  •     University Health System (San Antonio, TX)
  •     Froedtert Hospital & The Medical College of Wisconsin (WI)
  •     Boston University Medical Center (Boston, MA)

"Our approach to designing an image sharing system is resonating with a wide variety of healthcare professionals, as our platform is adopted by more and more hospitals and healthcare institutions across the country," added Amy Vreeland, co-founder and SVP of product management, lifeIMAGE. "We look forward to accelerating adoption further with new mobile capabilities, including an iPad application scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter."

About lifeIMAGE

lifeIMAGE provides an Internet service for universal e-sharing of diagnostic imaging information. The service is designed to connect hospitals, radiology groups, and physicians, to their patients everywhere. lifeIMAGE makes it possible to securely deliver or receive patient imaging information wherever needed from wherever the information originates. The goal of the lifeIMAGE platform is to help avoid duplicate exams and eliminate unnecessary patient exposure to excessive radiation. In an era of concerns about rising healthcare costs, lifeIMAGE is investing in a platform that helps advance patient care, while reducing $10-to-$15 billion of unnecessary costs. lifeIMAGE was named one of the most innovative technologies by The Wall Street Journal as part of its international 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.

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