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lifeIMAGE Announces No-Cost Service for Hospitals to Give Patients Secure Access to Medical Imaging, Pledges Support for the Blue Button Initiative
Date:3/1/2013

Newton, MA (PRWEB) March 01, 2013

lifeIMAGE, the nation’s highly utilized network for sharing medical images, will be offering its customers a free service for physicians and hospitals to provide patients with secure and online access to results of medical imaging tests. With lifeIMAGE, patients are able to securely store, view, and share images and associated reports with care providers, with just a web browser. Today, lifeIMAGE is also announcing its support for the Blue Button standard to help patients transfer and exchange their medical imaging records. Blue Button, originally implemented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and since adopted by Medicare, gives individuals the ability to download their health or claims information in an easy-to-read and standards based electronic format.

This free service has the potential to empower a substantial number of patients in the U.S. with straightforward, online access to their personal imaging histories. lifeIMAGE services are already used by 140 of the largest and highest ranked hospitals in the country, including the top centers for cancer, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedic, pulmonary, urology, and pediatric care. These facilities represent 73,000 physicians, who annually perform over 50 million outpatient visits and 28 million diagnostic imaging exams. The lifeIMAGE network has been used to electronically exchange results of nearly 1.7 million exams, or 362 million images, among diverse and unaffiliated healthcare settings. This access is preventing duplica
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