Let’s start with an example. Let’s say a physician in New York City is corresponding with a patient who has an urgent illness and needs treatment but he is currently located in Boston. He needs emergency attention but in order to correctly confirm and address the diagnosis, the physician needs to take a look at the patient’s imaging images and other data that he doesn’t have with him at the moment. If the patient’s friend tries to send the CD which contains the medical images of the patient, it will take him a lot of time. The time which he doesn’t have. What can he do in this situation?
The Old Way
We used to share medical images using portable devices, e.g. a CD, a DVD, or a flash drive. There were lots of problems with that. All of these devices could be lost or be damaged. In that case, valuable data would be lost. Getting images in these ways was also a very time-consuming matter. You needed to wait for quite some time for the hospital to give you your medical images and data.
Besides, viruses, phishing, and other security issues are very common for medical facilities and the hospitals’ servers had also the probability of receiving damage in other ways. All in all, the old way of sharing medical images is an obsolete idea now. Just consider this, you used to buy CDs or DVDs from Blockbuster to watch movies at home. You don’t do that now because these are available on the Internet which you can watch on-demand.
The New Way
We have witnessed the power of technology for the last couple of decades. Technology is advancing so fast that it’s hard to keep up with it. Technology has also touched the field of medical image sharing. There is a new way of data and file sharing and it’s called “cloud computing.” The idea is you can access files from one source on the Internet which collect those data from various sources.
Cloud-based DICOM image sharing is a new way of medical image sharing. Instead of getting your valuable medical data through a portable device, you can just get them from the Internet regardless of wherever in the world you are in. Cloud-based DICOM image sharing is also very secure and there is almost no chance of you losing your data. It solves some other problems, too. Medical facilities can have more space because they don’t need servers dedicated to medical image hosting.
You can access your medical data from the cloud using your smartphone or PC or tablet. If you are patient with a medical condition and who may need immediate medical attention at any time, you don’t need to carry your medical data around with you when you travel.
When it comes to the matter of life and death, time becomes a crucial factor. You cannot waste even a second or it may become deadly. Cloud-based DICOM image sharing has solved a lot of issues we had to face every day and it provides a much better and simple solution.