Online Access to Medical Images Benefits Cholangiocarcinoma Patients

February is Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month, a time to highlight the rare liver disease that affects 1-2 people in 100,000 per year. We are highly aware of cholangiocarcinoma due to our friend and investor Mike Shane who passed away last year after a strong fight against this disease. In his memory, we established the Mike Shane Memorial Fund to help patients who have this diagnosis overcome financial barriers to getting a needed remote second opinion. Part of this effort involves making it as easy as possible for patients to get their medical information, including medical images, to the physician to review for a second opinion.

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Topics: patient access, Mike Shane Memorial Fund, cholangiocarcinoma

Patients Prefer Self-Pay for Copies of Their Medical Images

Many physicians and healthcare providers don’t charge their patients for a copy of their medical images because they fear their patients’ reaction. Ironically, providing “free” CDs to their patients is actually causing more harm than good. Patients we’ve spoken with would prefer paying a small fee for online access, which is actually valuable to them, rather than receiving the burden accompanied by that free CD. Take this story for example…

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Topics: patient access, patient pay

Yale Researchers Warn Hospitals: Using CDs for Patient Image Delivery is 'Immediate Issue'

Hospitals waste thousands of dollars on inefficient patient imaging delivery by CDs. Why does this method prevail when hospitals could easily adopt a more efficient, less expensive, and even free, format that would better serve their patients?

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine were left with the same question after evaluating patient imaging delivery in hospitals across the United States.

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Topics: patient access, Burning CDs, millennial patients, patient pay, Gen Z

Smartphones are Changing the Way Patients Access Medical Images

Smartphones are modernizing the traditional medical imaging practice. Patients no longer leave their appointment carrying a CD, which will inevitably be lost or forgotten by the time they need it for their next appointment. Now, they simply login to their secure online portal and pull up their image whenever and wherever it's needed. For providers who are considering adopting this new method of imaging delivery, we have some thoughts for you.

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Topics: cloud medical imaging, patient access, Mobile Access to Medical Images

A Second Opinion via Instagram: Patients Want Easier Access to Healthcare

You’ve probably noticed, as I have, a growing trend of friends and relatives sharing photos of their medical images on social media. I’ve noted everything from ultrasounds to x-rays increasingly pop up in my Facebook and Instagram feeds. These posts are often to keep friends and family updated with personal developments such as “We’re pregnant!” or “I broke my leg… please send thoughts, prayers and takeout!” But recently, one particular post caught my eye...

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Topics: patient access, Mobile Access to Medical Images, second opinion

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