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February/March 2013

By: George Wiley

The deftness of data movement between sites creates a deception that it’s easy; it’s not. Leaving aside technical problems with integration, servers, and storage, the more central problem might be this: Who pays the bill to set image exchange in motion? In the case of image exchange, especially as part of an electronic health record (EHR) network, who pays hasn’t been determined. The day when entering an identifier and a clearance code will let a physician in Utah see prior studies for a New York patient on vacation hasn’t arrived. For now, the best many patients can do is to carry CDs of prior images with them. The opportunity is tantalizing: The data are there to be transferred. Perhaps trillions of image datasets are stored digitally—somewhere. The rationale is there as well: In...

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By: Saurabh Jha, MBBS, MRCS, MS
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