In the US, regulation of the practice medicine is a state prerogative. Based upon one of the earliest precepts of the establishment of the federal government in the United States, states retain the power to regulate that which occurs solely within their borders. Physicians must be licensed in the state in which they practice and must adhere to that state's mandates. So, can a physician legally serve a patient in need of their specialty if they reside outside of their jurisdiction?
There are a multitude of reasons you may need access to your loved one's medical records. Regardless of the reason, you're likely asking yourself at least one of the following questions: How can I obtain my loved one's medical records? Who has the right to my loved one's medical records? How can I obtain and store my loved one's medical records?
Everyone knows that litigation is an expensive process. Both the costs of engaging in litigation as well as the growing size of judgements are adding to the precision required when it comes to trail preparation and court appearances. Medical malpractice and personal injury claim awards in the US are soaring into double digit millions of dollars.
Healthcare professionals around the world are realizing that Cloud access is making it easier for them to share and access medical images while away from their office or while they are mobile, giving them more flexibility. Sharing medical images for second opinion, with other experts and even patients is an increasingly important aspect of patient care. Utilizing the cloud to enable sharing allows us to control access to these images without exposing them or violating the privacy of a patient.
While most of the rest of the world is enjoying the benefits of sharing, mobile access, and consolidation of multi-location medical images, Australian health care providers have been left in the outback. The Australian Privacy Law at both the federal and state level, punctuated by the Federal Privacy Act 1988 last amended in 2012 and its Australian Privacy Principles, basically prohibit moving any type of medical record whether electronic or not, outside of the confines of the continent. This means that any medical image vendor would have to locate data storage exclusively within the country, with no risk of transport beyond its borders. This makes the investment required to create “cloud” based medical image storage much more expensive since it must be tailored specifically to these Australian guidelines. Most vendors have balked at these requirements.