Patients of private healthcare provider Aleris can now view images from the comfort of their own homes on their laptops and cell phones, thanks to a new partnership with Trice Imaging.
A developer of cloud-based medical image management solutions, Trice Imaging has provided patients with access to their MR, ultrasound, X-ray and CT images, as well as remote diagnostics and second opinions, by connecting the imaging devices of all 450 practices that make up the Scandinavian healthcare system with its Tricefy system. Aleris is its first larger multimodality group that offers all types of imaging services, such as MR, CT, and X-ray, with a large number of locations in multiple countries and a very sophisticated IT environment.
"Radiology centers are a very IT intense environment but most machines are connected to local servers and confined to closed practice or hospital networks," Johanna Woller Melin, CEO of Trice Imaging Europe, told HCB News. "This limits the ability to obtain a second opinion or expert advice to the doctors who are on that specific network and makes sharing the data with patients electronically hard, if not impossible. Connecting the machines to the cloud enables real-time collaboration and sharing outside of hospitals and practice networks providing broader access to experts without having to manually transport a CD via FedEx or using the patient as a courier."
Tricefy sends patients high-quality images, videos and reports via text message and email during the course of exams.
It connects all imaging solutions to the cloud, allowing physicians to collaborate with one another through one-click image, video and report sharing. With Tricefy, physicians can access images and reports from any location, enabling remote clinical collaboration with one another through secure, cost-efficient storage and archiving.
Hospitals also save on implementation costs, due to the system integrating with existing PACS and EHR systems, and eliminating the need for DVDs or thumb drives by connecting network practices together.
"Patients get more and more in the driver's seat of their care and hence, want, need, and demand access to their healthcare data, so that they can share it with other providers or choose or change provider without having to duplicate the same examination," said Woller Melin. "The new generation of patients do not accept acting as couriers for their docs carrying a CD or prints from one provider to another. And frankly, most modern consumer devices don't have a CD reader anymore."
Trice is used by clinicians in 106 countries on six continents.
Aleris is made up of practices in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.