University of Utah Health Care Selects for Cloud-Based Image Sharing

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Trauma Images and Stroke Studies Arrive Instantly . . . And No More CDs

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University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has selected Accelarad’s cloud based medical image sharing platform for the communication of imaging exams with a full range of hospitals and medical practices across its large referral area encompassing five surrounding states.

“We receive patients from a geographic area that constitutes more than 15 percent of the continental United States and wanted a solution that would help us meet three key goals,” explains George Tudder, Director of Imaging Informatics for the highly regarded medical facility, which is consistently ranked among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. “We wanted to support immediate, on-the-fly transmission of images onsite for transfers to our Level 1 Trauma Center, to receive images for our nationally recognized stroke program and to eliminate the complexities of image sharing on CDs.”

Known for its strong commitment to leveraging state-of-the-art medical technology, UUHC has been operating in a digital radiology environment for over a decade. However, to meet its new goals, it sought a different category of solution that went well beyond PACS to push the boundaries of conventional technology.

“There really was no standard type of solution that catered to our needs,” he said. As a result, UUHC looked at answers that ranged from vendor neutral archiving and image emailing systems to point-to-point teleradiology solutions and more. It found that only could easily meet all its needs.

“ is truly a unique product in the marketplace,” said Tudder. “It enables extremely flexible communications. And it even helped us succeed in a bonus use case of improving overall communications with our referring physicians through a social media environment.”

Tudder explains that is a unique web portal that enables doctors as well as patients, wherever located, to upload images to a cloud environment and grant immediate access to these studies to any user on the fly. Images may be downloaded into the receiving facility’s PACS, if desired, or simply managed through the cloud environment.

“ is robust, affordable, flexible and easy-to-use,” comments Tudder. He explains that before patients are transferred to UUHC’s trauma center, its surgeons can now view their images over the Internet using the new solution. With this image access, cases can be triaged, specialized surgeons brought in, if needed, and the operating room (OR) prepped—all in advance of the patient’s arrival. If UUHC’s OR is not the appropriate choice for a particular case, this too can be determined in advance.

Images of stroke cases also can be similarly accessed with decisions made about care in advance of the patient’s arrival.

“Today, the most common way images are shared is by sending them along with the patient on CDs,” notes Tudder. He points out that this can lead to a wide range of problems, from system incompatibilities and viruses to human error and image loss. For these reasons, before UUHC adopted Accelarad’s unique technology, often imaging exams were simply repeated once a patient arrived onsite, with additional radiation exposure to the patient and cost to the medical system.

“With, we have eliminated the problems of CDs, because there simply aren’t any,” said Tudder. “Once requested, images arrive through almost immediately in full diagnostic resolution.”

As a bonus, UUHC radiologists also send images and reports to their referral network using the new technology. Because also offers an environment similar to social media with a full range of communications options, radiologists and physicians can now communicate online in real time about cases. “I can say with assurance that has already strengthened our relationships with referring physicians. Referrers have a choice about where to send patients, and no other facility is currently offering any of the benefits of”

About, an Accelarad venture, is an online community for medical image exchange that is revolutionizing how imaging facilities, physicians, and patients store, share, and access medical images and reports. Via a cloud computing platform, allows for easy collaboration and communication among health care providers and patients, dramatically improving access, costs, speed, and mobility of medical image exchange throughout the continuum of care. By fully complying with HIPAA privacy and security rules, safeguards total patient confidentiality.

About Accelarad
Accelarad, an Atlanta-based company, is a market leader in medical image cloud computing. With the launch of - its new online medical exchange community - Accelarad will continue to lead the industry, working with more than 600 facilities and 2,500 physicians, and processing more than 200 million medical images annually, serving as a new model for the delivery of radiology services through its virtual radiology network (VRN). Please visit or or call 1.888.883.4544 for more information.


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