Should Patients Have Access to Medical Images?

As a responsible physician, you may worry about the potential effects of giving your patients electronic access to their medical images. However, many of these fears aren’t justified by the facts. If you’re worried about the dangers of giving your patients access to their medical images, the following may help to put your mind at ease.

Let’s take a look at the risks and benefits of sharing medical images with patients:

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Topics: Image sharing, patient access

Deliver Patient Access to Medical Images Without Using CDs

Savvy patients are demanding access to their medical information. They know that capturing this information at the point of treatment will save them time and aggravation should they need it in the future. This is more comprehensive than a simple collection of their medical history. They want copies of their radiology reports, pathology reports, diagnoses, prescriptions, electronic health records, and, of course, their medical imaging.

Your delivery of this information will impact your patients’ satisfaction, as well as your budget. How are you delivering your patients images today, and how can you improve this process? We have an answer for you.

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Topics: patient access, patient portal

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

Is Your Radiology Practice Prepared for Gen Z?

Harry went on vacation with his family, and ended up in the doctor’s office.

While out on an excursion, the adventurous 13-year-old fell and hurt his leg, leaving him unable to walk. Harry’s dad immediately used his cellphone to search for the nearest doctor’s office. Opting for the closest office with the best ratings, Harry’s dad brought him in to have the physician look at his leg. A few hours and an x-ray later, they returned to the hotel with a clear diagnosis: Harry fractured his leg and required a cast.

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Topics: patient access, millennials, patient pay, Gen Z

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