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Editor's e-Note
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re highlighting an important aspect of care that doesn’t get enough attention: the availability of prior images. Although screening guidelines and breast density notifications have been getting the largest share of coverage recently—and they are vitally important aspects of detection and prevention—there hasn’t been as much emphasis on how to help women share their results with health care providers. Despite many well-catalogued drawbacks, CDs are still commonly used to provide patients with their medical images, even though most people agree that easy, accessible digital interoperability is far past due.

How does your institution provide patients with their images? Does it plan to implement digital interoperability in the near future? Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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Ready for a Makeover: Modernization and Women’s Imaging

By Cristin Gardner

Retrieving complex medical records, including imaging, is typically a burdensome process for both patients and radiologists. Disparate health systems don’t help matters. Patient leakage and competitive pressure complicate the challenge of balancing patient access with relinquishing ownership of data.

It is widely recognized that separate health institutions do not communicate well with each other when it comes to sharing medical data and images. Patients experience frustrating hurdles, are often required to duplicate efforts and jump through hoops because of confusing or outdated policies, and run up against other complexities that often lead them to give up and carry on without their medical information.

With technology at our fingertips and medical data access rights supporting patients, one may ask why it’s such a challenge to share medical imaging. Health care is notoriously resistant to modernization and dependent on outdated technology and complicated institutional processes that create data silos and challenges for patients.

The majority of health care organizations in the United States still share complex imaging records with patients via CD. Medical records may be complex, but the solution to this problem is simple: Update institutional policies for sharing medical records and adopt readily available technology to support a more streamlined patient experience. As a bonus, solutions that enhance patient access to data will bring many institutions back into compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

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