InterSystems Corporation, a provider of software for connected care, and eHealth Technologies, which develops imaging solutions for electronic health records and health information exchange solutions, have announced a new partnership.
Leaders of the two companies said the partnership will provide single-click access to diagnostic-quality images such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds via the InterSystems
HealthShare strategic informatics platform. HealthShare is currently used by hospitals, integrated delivery networks and regional and national health information exchanges worldwide.
"eHealth Technologies shares our vision for connected care by empowering healthcare providers and physicians with secure, timely access to all patient data, including quality PACS images," said Dominick Bizzarro, global business manager, InterSystems HealthShare. "Digital images are an essential element of the patient record, and we are thrilled to partner with eHealth Technologies to provide this capability to HealthShare customers worldwide."
External images that traditionally take hours or days, if retrievable at all, are typically hand carried by patients, sent by courier on problematic CDs
, or sent via large file transfers, officials of the companies said. Using eHealth Technologies’ eHealth Imaging Solutions, images are delivered along with results, enabling care providers single-click access to seamlessly view and collaborate using
a secure, diagnostic-quality, zero-footprint, Web-based application.
In addition, emergent image delivery will support emergency care providers by providing images prior to report generation – a leading-edge capability that will drastically reduce the time-to-care in the most vital situations.
"We are thrilled to be working with InterSystems to further improve care for patients," said Ken Rosenfeld, president of eHealth Technologies. “Imaging is a vital piece of the patient record that has typically been difficult and very expensive to share, and not linked to the systems clinicians use on a daily basis, leading to repeat tests which are not only expensive for patients and payers, but expose the patient to unnecessary radiation exposure. The importance of embedding image access within electronic health record (EHR)
and health information exchange (HIE)
systems is further supported by the Meaningful Use
Stage 2 criteria."
The digital imaging capability will be available on InterSystems HealthShare in fall 2012, officials of the companies said.