Fierce Q&A: Image sharing project takes time ... and trust

Maine's health information exchange, HealthInfoNet, decided in 2009 not to include medical images because, at an average of 50 megabytes each, they would slow the system to a crawl.

Now it's working through a five-month pilot to create a statewide medical imaging archive, which it says will be a nationwide first. HealthInfoNet, vendor Dell and the pilot group of healthcare organizations will work together over the summer to confirm the system design and integrate the service with existing PACs systems and the exchange. HealthInfoNet expects to expand the service statewide by 2013, as FierceHealthIT recently reported.

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, Todd Rogow (pictured), director of information technology at HealthInfoNet, discussed the process.



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