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August 06, 2012

Appliance Deployment: Medical Imaging Needs its Own Kind of Infrastructure

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer


Healthcare is a topic that's on a lot of people's minds these days, and it's not just the people who actually need it that are voicing their concerns. The people who provide it have plenty of issues themselves, from government regulation to patient care to costs and beyond. One of the issues revolves around images taken during medical procedures, and that's giving rise to a new line of appliances specifically designed for the medical imaging sector.

Providers in this space need a way to quickly, easily, and securely share images, so that they can not only get data to physicians but also to patients, all the while remaining within the scope of government regulation. A big part of that data is image files, which are generally large and difficult to transmit. Not surprisingly, one of the first sources for transmission capability is a cloud-based system, and one such medical imaging solution developer found a big advantage in NEI's (News - Alert) deployment expertise.

Appliance deployment provider NEI played a substantial part in bringing together a new kind of storage solutions for PACS—or Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (News - Alert)--images. PACS images comprise a variety of different medical subsections like ultrasound images, endoscopy images, magnetic resonance and several others. Keeping them in one secure, yet still easily accessed point provides efficiency and improves customer service throughout the process.

Moreover, thanks to the newly deployed appliance, images can be searched and at the same time kept anonymous to comply with medical records privacy regulations. Collaboration is even allowed for, which gives extra utility to the system by allowing medical professionals the ability to rapidly confer about medical issues.

Improving communications at the provider level should go a good long way toward making everyone's healthcare experience better. Improvements to efficiency often yield bottom line improvements, and a better bottom line can mean lower prices, which is a great step toward improving one of the biggest problems in healthcare in general.

Can cloud technology solve all our healthcare problems? Not by itself, in all likelihood, but when deployed properly with help from experts like NEI, it will likely go a long way in doing the job.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein


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