First off, burning CDs and DVDs is not an optimal way to go about handling medical imaging studies for a variety of reasons, ranging from security concerns to overall efficiency. That said, sometimes circumstances dictate that CDs or DVDs are needed and your picture archive and communications system (PACS) should be able to accommodate.
Phil Jackson is the founder and senior technology innovation strategist of Purview. Phil is the author of Purview ViVA, a cloud-based platform that enables anywhere, anytime access to medical imaging data. Prior to founding Purview, Jackson worked as the Chief Technology Officer for Chesapeake Medical Imaging in Annapolis, Maryland. At Chesapeake Medical Imaging, Phil developed an entire suite of radiology workflow solutions on the Apple platform. Phil has presented on numerous radiology workflow topics at the Radiology Society of North America's annual conference and is a recognized expert in open source medical imaging technologies. Phil has a Bachelors of Science in Security and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with his wife, Emily, and their four children.
The ability to manage medical imaging studies effectively and efficiently is critical to the success of any practice. Physicians rely on the accuracy of studies, as well as the information that accompanies them, to provide the right diagnoses and treatments to their patients. However, if you find that your clinical staff has challenges securely managing image studies and associated protected health information (PHI), your clinic could find itself addressing regulatory issues, an area of liability you want to avoid as much as possible.
For these reasons it's imperative to choose a cloud PACS vendor that makes it easy for you to manage your medical imaging studies once they have been uploaded into the cloud.
When you pay to store medical imaging data from your practice in the cloud, you should be secure in the knowledge that your data is protected. If a disaster strikes, is there any chance that your data will be lost? Does your cloud service provider have a plan in place that covers all eventualities?
When connecting a clinical environment to a cloud service, you need to take great care to protect confidential medical data. With the regulatory compliance standards required of medical providers by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – more commonly known as HIPAA – to keep this kind of data safe, your connection to the cloud must be secure.
Having medical imaging available during an operation is paramount to ensuring a positive outcome for the patient. The images stored on a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) can guide surgeons through their procedures, helping them to locate and address an issue in an organ or joint quickly and with ease.
In fact, many doctors cannot or will not perform surgery without their medical imaging studies, so access must be efficient and reliable.