The use of digital medical imaging has become a pre-requisite for cases constructed by personal injury, workers' compensation, and criminal attorneys. This digital evidence is subject to the same discovery standards as hard copy documents and photographs. As such, the attorney has to be prepared to share these digital images with opposing counsel as they prepare for trial. But since medical images are just compilations of electronic bits, subject to strict privacy law and only as good as the medical image viewer on which they are analyzed, medical images create a special transport and sharing challenge.
Ever since the case of Smith v. Grant, presenting medical images in court has been an accepted tool in the arsenal of litigation attorneys. But understanding exactly how to use medical images, ensuring that you have them when you need them, and optimizing their presentation can be the difference between winning and losing at trial.
If you’ve ever thought of sharing medical images or any other Protected Health Information (PHI) using Dropbox, you are not alone. Dropbox is one of the most popular file sharing services and is on millions of desktop computers around the world. But just because you use it for many of your other tasks, does not mean you should use Dropbox for DICOM medical image storage. Here’s why...
One of the main reasons veterinarians love Horos is because it allows them a level of mobility they don't have with other platforms. By downloading the medical image viewer onto a Mac laptop, veterinarians can view their images from anywhere they have their computer. They don't have to rely on an image viewer linked to a stationary modality or a software that only runs on workstations within their practice. They can take Horos with them wherever they travel, which is especially important for large animal and equine veterinarians.
One question we have been asked many times is if sharing medical imaging studies with a non Horos user is possible. The short answer is yes but it involves connecting your Horos with a Cloud.
Today, Horos integrates with a web based platform that can enable sharing functionality with a non Horos user through a cloud portal. By creating a Horos Cloud Access account, you can view, analyze, and store images on any workstation, tablet, or mobile device…and connect multiple accounts.
You may not have realized that Horos is more than just a good desktop viewer. In fact, given the right configuration, Horos can become part of a very robust enterprise PACS environment. All that is needed is a centralized PACS with Horos configured to connect to that central location.
Everyone knows that litigation is an expensive process. Both the costs of engaging in litigation as well as the growing size of judgements are adding to the precision required when it comes to trail preparation and court appearances. Medical malpractice and personal injury claim awards in the US are soaring into double digit millions of dollars.
How do you make reports today and are they hurting or helping your business?
Are you still using Word, Pages, or another comparable program to create and distribute your medical reports? Do you get frustrated with never being able to find all your images and reports in the same medium? Does it feel like you are wasting time creating reports that don’t even look that professional? Well, if you use Horos, OsiriXTM, or any other DICOM open source viewer and have these concerns, Horos Cloud Reporting is for you.