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American College of Radiology Direct Image Transfer Best Practices

Best Practices

American College of Radiology Direct Image Transfer Best Practices

January 30, 2018

American College of Radiology Direct Image Transfer Best Practices

Medical image transfers used to be conducted by burning images onto CDs, a method that can be both time-consuming and inefficient.  Jonas Rydberg, MD at the Indiana University Health (IUH) Methodist Hospital spearheaded a project to create and promote a cloud-based system of image transfer.  

Best Practices

  • Driven people - As long as you have a couple of people to drive the project forward, you don’t need a big, formal decision from the C-suite.
  • Securing a hosting vendor - A vendor had to be chosen to host the cloud server.  Keeping costs low was a priority, and ultimately the transfer costs were actually less than CD handling cost.
  • Taking physician needs into account - The system was designed to eliminate the need for physicians to log into the vendor's site, making the system more convenient.
  • Encouraging hospitals to join the cloud - Benefits had to be emphasized and outside hospitals had to be assured that their system security would not be compromised.

 

 

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