DICOM Grid, a company that provides web-based tools to facilitate remote imaging consultations for telehealth, has announced a new feature for its medical image management platform. “Medical selfie” allows patients and care providers to upload images taken with an iOS device 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.”
Suitable for dermatology and wound care, the medical selfie feature enables patients to transmit “visible light” images that don’t require specialized medical equipment for viewing. Once they have created a DICOM Grid account, patients can share diagnostic imaging and related data. All information remains accessible and viewable in a secure HIPAA-compliant environment. In addition to the new feature, DICOM Grid’s product line, DG Suite, includes tools to provide 24/7 access, real-time image sharing, mobile viewing, and secure messaging.
“As a physician who performs online patient consultations, tools like medical selfies help to streamline the telemedicine process,” said Rourke Stay, MD, a user of the system. “From a workflow standpoint, having images and pictures sent directly to my worklist is great. These tools empower patients by enabling them to seamlessly transfer imaging data from their own iphones into the hands of an expert consultant.”
For more information, visit DICOM Grid.