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.
Horos, a free open-source DICOM medical imaging viewer for Apple computers, has been adopted globally by tens of thousands of diverse users, from clinicians and academic researchers to lawyers and patients who want to view their medical images.
As such, after downloading Horos the next steps you should take depend on the reasons you downloaded the software in the first place.
So what are the most common use cases for Horos, and what should you do in each instance?
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.
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...