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KLAS Enterprises imaging expert talks image sharing

Enterprise imaging strategies, specifically how vendors are designing their products to allow image sharing, were hot topics at RSNA 2014.

CHICAGO -- Sharing medical images has been one of the strongest trending sectors at the Radiological Society of North America 2014 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, the RSNA's historic 100th show.

One of the people who has most closely watched this evolving health IT market segment is Matt Terry, research director for medical imaging technology at health IT market research firm KLAS Enterprises LLC.

SearchHealthIT sat down with -- or in this case, stood up with -- Terry in a space near the KLAS booth on the bustling RSNA exhibit floor to talk for this podcast about enterprise imaging and other buzzing health IT topics of the day.

Terry is working on a KLAS report, due out in May, on vendors' enterprise imaging strategies. In other words, the report will be about the ways vendors plan to deploy their software systems across large healthcare systems to allow their customers to readily share large, data-intensive medical images from not only the traditional radiology discipline, but also cardiology and many other "ologies."

Among the pathways that will permit image sharing are products in the emerging vendor neutral archive category, as well as the well-established picture archiving and communication systems world, Terry said.

Big players such as Siemens AG, GE Healthcare and Royal Philips are sharing the space with independent smaller companies such as Tera Medica Inc., Merge Healthcare Inc., Visage Imaging Inc. and others.

According to Terry, the sandbox is big enough for all of them to play together nicely and prosper.

Among the hottest of the image sharing tools is the much-sought-after "universal viewer," the system that allows end users such as physicians and nurses to look at, or consume, medical images from a wide range of sources medical disciplines and different vendors' hardware products, Terry said.

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