DICOM Grid added the “medical selfie” feature to its iOS app — which tunes into DICOM’s mobile optimized medical image management platform — to allow patients and care providers to upload medical pictures and securely share them with physicians.
“The ability to quickly send a picture is especially critical in trauma situations or frankly just to monitor ongoing care,” said Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid. “For example, patients or referring physicians can snap a shot of a burn, wound, or other injury and share it with a specialty provider in minutes. A physician can view the picture through our secure portal to determine a treatment plan and advise whether or not the issue requires an in-person visit.”
The medical selfie feature facilities real-time sharing of “visible light” imagery in a HIPAA secure environment. Commonly used in dermatology and wound care, visible light imagery can be assessed without special equipment. In addition to still pictures, patients are also able to share diagnostic imaging and related data. By creating a DICOM Grid account, all information that is uploaded and shared can be accessed and viewed by patients online.
“From a workflow standpoint, having images and pictures sent directly to my worklist is great,” said Dr. Rourke Stay, user of DICOM Grid and Founder of Lightbulb Radiology, an online destination for patients seeking second opinion services. “These tools empower patients by enabling them to seamlessly transfer imaging data from their own iPhones into the hands of an expert consultant.”
DICOM Grid provides web-based tools that facilitate remote consultations involving imaging.