With the implementation of cloud computing, medical professionals will be allowed to share and receive medical images such as X-rays and CT or MRI scans, from anywhere without having to worry about storage limits.
According to AT&T, the cloud service allows hospitals to move away from traditional storage methods and host their images on the cloud, which is an Internet database. Once the images are obtained, they are sent and stored to two geographically different AT&T data centers.
Between the data centers, two copies of each image is stored, as well as two copies of its associated database. In addition, the information is protected through highly-secure encryption, both in transit and at rest. For clinical continuity, AT&T also provides an image updating service.
Once in the cloud, healthcare professionals will be able to securely access and view patient medical images from virtually anywhere via Accenture's Teleradiology Exchange.
“The Long-Term Image Management capability of the Accenture Medical Imaging Solution“¦ helps providers to store, access, view and share patient medical images from virtually anywhere over a highly-secure infrastructure, said Randall Porter, assistant vice president, AT&T ForHealth.
According to Porter, both AT&T and Accenture hope to improve the entire work flow of hospital systems, “from patient to specialist to storage to access.“
The Accenture Medical Imaging Solution also includes a “pay-as-you-go“ feature, which allows healthcare providers to avoid major capital investment in storage infrastructure, and pay per image and consumption of storage.
As AT&T and Accenture are looking to revolutionize the way in which medical images are shared and stored, in a futuristic standpoint, Porter said the technology may also come of use to the military when dealing with “in field“ operations.
“If the field forces were to deploy portable X-ray equipment, they could possibly take the X-ray image and transmit it from the field to the base for review by a radiologist,“ said Porter. “Also from a field hospital, they could potentially use the Teleradiology Exchange to consult with a specialist in their home base.“