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Learn why technology is impeding patient care and discover why healthcare isn't more efficient.
You would think in today's interconnected world, sharing or transmission of medical images would be easy. But, while technology enables us to connect in ways we never thought possible, it also does its fair share to deter its use in patient care. Here are the top reasons technology is holding back medical imaging progress.
As we discussed in our previous blog post, whomever took your scan legally owns the image. Despite that, we raised several reasons that patients should be interested in controlling their own images. But where do my doctors fit into this puzzle?
Why patients should own their medical images?
Despite doctors reluctantly providing medical images directly to patients - there is a real need for patients to insist on access and control of these images. After all, the patient is the central hub for all of the images, records, diagnoses, that relate to him or her. So, it is completely logical that the patient would be THE appropriate repository for all information related to her own medical history. Otherwise, her medical record may be incomplete which may impact prescribed treatment.
Question: who owns my medical images? Answer: you can look but not touch.
It may amaze you to learn that the X-rays, CT Scans & MRIs of intimate parts of your anatomy are not your property. Pretty shocking, huh? In fact, the imaging center or hospital that took these images owns the title (copyright) to the image itself and the media on which it exists. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that many doctors are reluctant to provide their patients with these images.