Agfa HealthCare has signed on to the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA’s) image-sharing validation program, which means that the company’s technology will be subject to a detailed interoperability evaluation conducted by experts associated with RSNA and The Sequoia Project, a nonprofit that advances the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange.

The impact of this move is that the standards validated within the program will help drive connectivity across multiple image exchange providers, vendors, and networks. The goal of RSNA’s program is to verify that medical imaging systems are compliant with international standards developed by DICOM and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise for sharing images and reports. Patients, in turn, will enjoy greater access to and control of their health imaging records.

With image sharing, physicians and patients have improved communication and patients become more involved in their health care. In addition, system interoperability means better access to imaging records—and that translates to clinicians making better-informed decisions with patients.

Vendors that complete the program will receive a validation mark, which is provided by imaging industry experts—and that validates the interoperability of their platforms.

“Pilot participation in RSNA’s image-sharing validation program is a powerful testament to our commitment to interoperability with Agfa HealthCare’s enterprise imaging platform,” says Lenny J. Reznik, IT business unit vice president and commercial product leader, Agfa HealthCare North America. “Our image-sharing capabilities, among other valuable attributes of our enterprise imaging platform, make images a true organizational asset for our clients.”

For more information about this program, visit Agfa.