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.
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from Horos customers is "Can I use Horos in a Windows environment?" While Horos itself installs on an Apple Macintosh computer, the images that you view, analyze and store can be viewed on any workstation, tablet, or even a smartphone once you connect these all together with a Horos Cloud account.
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.
One of the issues we often hear is that with so many images stored on my Mac, my system is starting to slow down. While Horos (or OsiriX) is a very robust medical image viewer and can function as something of a small PACS, once you start to rely on it for more than a couple of thousand studies, you may find a noticeable degradation in performance. And even if you don’t, it’s pretty risky business to maintain that many studies on your desktop without effective offsite backup and archive.
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.