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RSNA, The Sequoia Project Partner for HIT Interoperability

"To promote the best interest and care of our patients, the world of imaging is ready to rapidly advance standards-based solutions for imaging interoperability."

By Sara Heath

Joining the industry-wide effort to improve health IT interoperability, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and The Sequoia Project have announced a partnership to improve the health IT interoperability of imaging technology.

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According to a public statement, the two organizations have come together to make the Image Share Validation Program, which will set standards for quality image sharing across the healthcare industry.

Delivering high-quality images on interoperable systems is an integral part in presenting patients with complete descriptions of their health and care, increasing patient engagement. The Image Share Validation Program is expected to deliver those results, as well as help providers deliver higher quality care.

“Improved access to imaging records will enable better-informed decisions about patient care and lead to more efficient utilization of imaging systems and improved patient safety by eliminating redundant radiology procedures,” RSNA said in a statement. “The Image Share Validation Program will test the compliance of vendors’ systems using quality standards determined most effective for accurate and efficient exchange of medical images including those used in the RSNA Image Share Network.”

Rollout of the new program will begin in 2016 with several test runs on major commercial EHR vendors. Partners such as the Sequoia Project and the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University will be key in making these tests happen. Those vendors who successfully fulfill the requirements of the test programs will then be admitted into the Image Share Validation Program.

The RSNA will be offering testing in XDS-I Document Source and Consumer, XDS-I Registry and Repository, XCA-I Gateway, and Patient-focused Image Sharing through a PHR System. Trial vendors can test in in any combination of those bundles.

Enabling the quality exchange of images will help the healthcare industry make further strides in increasing EHR interoperability, and experts say this new RSNA initiative is making a bold statement in the push for interoperability.

“The RSNA Image Share Validation program in partnership with The Sequoia Project is sending a message,” said vice chair of radiology IT at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York David S. Mendelson, MD, FACR. “To promote the best interest and care of our patients, the world of imaging is ready to rapidly advance standards-based solutions for imaging interoperability. These are standards employed elsewhere in the world and present a solution that can evolve as new technologies arise.”

Executives from the Sequoia Project express eagerness to take part in such an exciting initiative.

“The Sequoia Project is very excited to lend its expertise in running effective interoperability validation programs,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “There are significant synergies between us and RSNA, and this initial pilot is just one step toward greater health IT interoperability.”



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