HealthLeaders Media IT - December 15, 2009 | Facilities Use Cloud Computing to Share Radiology Images
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Facilities Use Cloud Computing to Share Radiology Images
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

It started with a simple goal: to send radiology images to healthcare facilities throughout Montana in a manner that was cheaper and more efficient than using FedEx to mail CDs overnight. About 30 healthcare organizations in Montana joined the grassroots organization called the Image Movement of Montana. After looking at several different vendors' product demonstrations, the group chose to implement eMix, a new cloud-based technology to securely share radiology images and reports, from DR Systems. Here's a strategic look at how IMOM is using the eMix technology and why they determined cloud-computing was the solution for them. [Read More]
December 15, 2009
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From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, happy holidays. HealthLeaders Media IT will not publish next week, but will be back with a new issue December 29.
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