Cleveland Clinic expands visual EMR data

The Cleveland Clinic is adding X-rays, laboratory tissue samples, photographs and any other image related to a patient's care to its electronic medical records, reports The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

"We're building a visual layer that combines patients' medical records with diagnostic images," Louis M. Lannum, director of enterprise imaging told the paper. Eventually, the centralized visual repository will be accessible to docs systemwide.

Healthcare organizations and vendors have been tackling the problem of storing and accessing huge digital image files on EMRs.

Siemens Healthcare and Dell are planning to collaborate on a cloud-based medical image archiving and sharing service, for example. Researchers at Peake Healthcare Innovations (a collaborative venture between Johns Hopkins University and Harris Corp.), VMware, and Intel are working on a medical imaging mega-cloud.

To learn more:
- see The Plain Dealer article
- read more about cloud-based image sharing

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