“We are eliminating the technological barriers to timely access to information by making our API available to all developers of related software."
Hamid Tabatabaie, lifeIMAGE
Newton, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
lifeIMAGE announced today it is releasing certain open application programming interfaces (APIs) that can be used by developers of healthcare information technologies (HIT) or imaging devices to enable the secure exchange of medical images and related patient records directly from their software.
The lifeIMAGE network has been used to share over 160,000,000 medical images across diverse healthcare providers representing 40,000 affiliated physicians. lifeIMAGE is the go-to network for on-demand clinical exchange of imaging exams along with related information such as reports or EKGs. This secure and high-speed network is used by physicians on five continents to collaborate on time sensitive patient cases.
With API integration, more providers will have the ability to tap into the network by enabling their existing systems to securely share imaging information on demand. PACS, EMR, dictation and reporting, CD/DVD writer, visualization, or personal health record (PHR) application vendors can integrate with open APIs to give their end-users the added benefit of a simple workflow for sharing patients’ imaging history.
“Our CD burning systems that have been in place for several years at an academic medical center in Washington D.C., in addition to other customer sites, are used to publish imaging results to other providers outside their network using the lifeIMAGE cloud service,” said Cyrus Samari, a co-founder of Sorna. “When our customers have an exam that needs to be sent to an outside referring physician, or to the patient, with a single click, they have the option of burning a disc or sending it electronically on the lifeIMAGE network, all from the same interface – automatically.”
Norman Young, President and CEO of ClearCanvas, said, “We were founded on the simple belief that medical imaging informatics should be accessible to all. Now, using the lifeIMAGE open API, users of our FDA-cleared diagnostic viewer will be able to instantaneously share images that are in front of them with anyone.”
“Whether it’s a simple CT or a complicated cardiology exam, whether it’s arriving through the door on a CD with a patient or arriving via the cloud, open and secure exchange of patients’ imaging history is key to improving patient care and driving down our country’s healthcare costs," said Hamid Tabatabaie, President & CEO of lifeIMAGE. “We are eliminating the technological barriers to timely access to information by making our API available to all developers of related software. Now, HIT companies can use the open API to differentiate their services and ensure their users have the power to exchange information on demand.”
“lifeIMAGE recently delivered an API to a large academic medical center to enable their Epic users to upload or view images directly from the applications they use to check patients in or when accessing medical records of patients,” Tabatabaie added. “A separate API is being used to provide access to employees who use WebMD’s PHR. Employees are able to share imaging content with any physician directly from their PHR, where other important medical history may also be available. ”
Companies that want to use the API can visit lifeIMAGE at the annual SIIM conference in booth #426, or request more information at http://www.lifeimage.com/api.
lifeIMAGE provides a broad set of solutions for universal e-sharing of diagnostic imaging information. These products connect hospitals, radiology groups and physicians to their patients everywhere. lifeIMAGE makes it possible to securely deliver or receive patient imaging information wherever needed from wherever the information originates.
The goal of the lifeIMAGE platform is to help avoid duplicate exams and eliminate unnecessary patient exposure to excessive radiation. In an era of concerns about rising healthcare costs, lifeIMAGE is investing in a platform that helps advance patient care, while reducing $10 billion to $15 billion of unnecessary costs. lifeIMAGE was named one of the most innovative technologies by The Wall Street Journal as part of its international 2010 Technology Innovation Awards. lifeIMAGE solutions are deployed at nation’s leading healthcare institutions and academic medical centers.