Health IT execs chime in on enterprise imaging

Enterprise imaging strategies are priorities at many provider institutions. However, interoperability issues are standing between wish lists and project assignments—and IT leaders in provider organizations are wary about the potential for “unattainable image data” to set back patient care.

Those are some of the findings turned up by a survey of 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The survey, commissioned by the image-exchange vendor lifeImage, also showed that more than 58 percent of facilities have implemented an enterprise imaging strategy to help manage, store and exchange medical image data.

A lifeImage press release says the survey further revealed that imaging, “which was once under the tight control of radiology, has evolved into a core responsibility for an organization’s IT staff, with 86 percent of surveyed CIOs reporting that IT owns enterprise imaging either exclusively or as a shared initiative with radiology departments.”

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