As the snowy wind blew outside, the Apple board room felt more like a cozy living room, with healthcare professionals sitting on couches and sleek wooden chairs, immersed in discussion around radiology, Apple’s latest Mac products, and the reason they were there - Horos.
Carly Cherches, a senior at Union College, reflects on her summer 2018 internship as an inbound marketing intern with Purview, a healthcare technology company and the chief sponsor of the Horos Project. Carly will graduate in Spring 2019 with a degree in biomedical engineering.
A standard radiology report is a useful way to capture and succinctly communicate the results of most imaging scans, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Whether in human health or veterinarian care, this summary of the identified condition and diagnosis is a critical communication tool between the radiologist and the treating physician or patient. While radiology reports are traditionally comprised of text, reports with key images improve communication by providing a new layer of depth and understanding for physicians and their patients.
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.
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.