AT&T will host the Accenture Medical Imaging Solution to allow doctors and radiologists to share and store medical images.
and Accenture have launched Accenture Medical Imaging Solution, a cloud
database that will allow hospitals to centrally manage access to medical images
and enable doctors and radiologists to collaborate on care.
is an IT consulting and services firm as well as a systems integrator. The two
companies announced the new platform at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
in Chicago on Nov. 28. The agreement with Accenture is part of
AT&T's previously announced plans to commercialize Medical Imaging and
Information Management (MIMM) in late 2011.
Accenture Medical Imaging platform incorporates AT&T's MIMM cloud service,
which the telecom launched
on June 22
. MIMM is a vendor-neutral pilot cloud project that allows
doctors to store, view and share medical images such as CAT scans, MRIs and
X-rays. Baptist Health System in Alabama and Henry Ford Health
System in Detroit are also deploying MIMM.
pay-as-you-go pricing will allow providers to easily store medical images and
save money on capital investment, according to Randall Porter, assistant vice
president for AT&T Health. "MIMM is what's enabling the long-term
storage of the images," Porter told eWEEK.
AT&T will host the Accenture service on two of its 36 data centers, he
Medical Imaging includes a teleradiology exchange, which will use AT&T's
hosted network to match the supply of X-rays and other radiology images with
73 percent of health care organizations plan to store medical images in the
cloud, according to an Accenture study.
the cloud database, Accenture and AT&T plan to "unlock" the
health care workflow by making the images available in real time for
specialists, technicians and patients at lower costs, Porter said.
addition, top provider systems as well as hospitals in rural areas will be able
to share images, according to Porter.
it is cloud-based, any provider of any size can utilize it," he said.
"We're targeting the top provider systems to help enable them to provide
access to their scarce radiologist specialist and enabling rural hospitals to
gain access to specialists to help them with their radiology workflow and image
Medical Imaging will also use AT&T's cloud network to benefit a hospital's
workflow analysis process, in which health professionals share and manage
helping hospitals connect with one another, so they can share the capacity that
exists between different hospital systems with one another," Derek Danois,
global medical imaging lead for Accenture Health, told eWEEK.
its new Medical Imaging platform, Accenture is looking to give doctors a
complete view of patients' radiology images throughout the health care system,
according to Danois. He noted that a complex system environment calls for doctors
to share images with several health care partners.
recognize that's going to be part of a more complex system environment for
electronic medical records, for sharing among health plan partners,"
Nov. 22, AT&T announced that MIMM will be accessible using medical imaging
software vendor Calgary Scientific's ResolutionMD diagnostic viewer on mobile
devices. AT&T and Calgary Scientific are demonstrating ResolutionMD at RSNA
incorporating the Calgary Scientific viewer, doctors will be able to make a
diagnosis on the MIMM platform after examining radiology images.