Nevada HIE incorporates image-sharing capabilities

By Mike Miliard
10:46 AM

HealtHIE Nevada has gone live with eHealth Image Exchange, a service that enables authorized health information exchange (HIE) participants to seamlessly share diagnostic quality images.

HealtHIE Nevada is a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to connecting the Nevada healthcare community by managing real-time, secure and accurate exchange of clinical information.

[See also: HealthInsight launches Nevada HIE.]

Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers, located in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev., will be the pilot site for the deployment of eHealth Image Exchange, which is developed by Rochester, N.Y.-based eHealth Global Technologies.

Physicians, with a single click on a patients’ report, can view associated X-rays, MRIs, CT-scans, PET scans and ultrasounds images instantly, from the context of the patient’s full medical history, say HealtHIE officials. Participating providers can access current and past diagnostic imaging exams to assist them in providing more effective diagnosis, care planning and delivery of healthcare services, taking advantage of a variety of tools within a state-of-the-art, zero-footprint viewing platform, eHealthViewer ZF.

“We are excited to be the first imaging center in Nevada to provide this service and its benefits to our care community,” said Don Shackley, CIO, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Center. “Patients no longer need to retrieve and transport X-ray films or images on CDs from location to location, as reports are always accessible via the HIE. Patient records are more complete, which reduces the need for costly duplicate exams and unnecessary radiation exposure for patients, while improving the efficiency of delivering patient treatment.”

[See also: Maine's HIE goes to Dell's cloud for image-sharing.]

“Having one of the largest providers of images in the state of Nevada take the lead on this initiative is a testament to the value eHealth Image Exchange provides,” added HealthInsight Executive Director, Deborah Huber. “Ordering physicians can access reports and images immediately as they are available so that patients get more timely care with reduced risk due to incomplete medical records.”

“When a patient presents, physicians need a variety of medical information quickly and easily to provide accurate, timely care,” said Gary Larson, COO and general manager, Health Information Exchange Services for eHealth Global Technologies. “Diagnostic quality images are an essential element of the patient record and we are thrilled to provide this service to patients across Nevada – improving their care process and reducing the spiraling cost of care.”

HealtHIE Nevada is powered by Optum Health Information Exchange; eHealth Global Technologies provides eHealth Image Exchange via the Optum Image Gateway.