As Cloud Computing is making its waves at the peak of the technology hype cycle (source:Gartner), last week at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), one of the largest healthcare technology trade shows in the world, Cloud Computing made its entry into medical imaging technology.
DICOM Grid, a Phoenix based company made headlines last week at RSNA 2010 as they launched their cloud based platform for enabling secure exchange of medical images among physicians, hospitals and imaging facilities.
If you have been in healthcare and especially medical imaging, this is a well known and common problem for physicians, patients and image producers, where diagnostic imaging and results cannot be shared among healthcare providers other than by burning and sending a CD or DVD or faxing the patient’s image to the requesting physicians or specialists for referral.
This is mainly due to information silos created by care providers and insufficient technology means to share information beyond the care provider’s firewall.
In Canada, this problem is being addressed by building centralised diagnostic imaging repositories funded by Canada Health Infoway, an arms length government entity for enabling EHR in Canada. South of the 49th parrellel in US, invisible hand plays a role and market takes over resulting in innovations like DICOM Grid, who has an untapped blue ocean market ahead of them.
DICOM Grid is bringing cloud computing and medical imaging technology together to solve this problem and are becoming a centralized diagnostic imaging repository for their customers – physicians, patients and image producers.
At a high level Dicom Grid‘s solution seems to solve the problem of accessing patient’s images in a seamless fashion, and their success remains in their customer’s hand as there are some barriers to adoption from a physians perspective.
Also to note that Dicom Grid is not the only player, eMix, a spin off from a successful medical imaging technology company DR systems is also in the play and probably one of the first to enter this market.