SHARING IS CARING

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Canon”™s imageSPECTRUM Image Management System software is DICOM compliant, available for use with Windows 7 and allows for efficient management of the captured images.

Showing patients images from their exam is easy and helps elevate their experience.

In today”™s digital world with instant access to extensive data, a patient”™s own medical imagery and history is not excluded from this breadth of information. Even if patient understanding of the image is somewhat limited, the right to accessing it is still a priority for many””for any reason. I”™m still surprised at the number of patients who request their fundus pictures to create a new screen saver or hang on their refrigerator. Here”™s how to share or transfer images from the exam lane to electronic health records (EHR).

DIAGNOSTICS
The fortunate reality of today”™s technology is that most data is easily shared or transferred if necessary. For instance, my Canon non-mydratic fundus camera with Synemed software easily allows images to be saved or emailed as PDFs or JPEGs. Other retinal imaging devices, such as Optomap, have similar capabilities. Color topographical maps of the cornea, such as those taken by Marco”™s OPD-Scan III system or the Medmont E300, are impressive to share and allow the concept to be more easily understood by patients due to general cartographical knowledge. For the contact lens wearer, I”™m betting most of those fit have not had their topography images explained, much less shared with them. It”™s an excellent way to elevate your care.

Don”™t want to bother with sending data? How about impressive flat screens in your exam lanes to showcase your technology, such as images from an Optovue OCT or LipiView II interferometer from TearScience? I find that sometimes the larger the literal presentation of imaging is, the greater the impact on the patient and the call to appropriate action.

HEALTH RECORDS
Today”™s electronic health records (EHR) allow simple or even complex summaries of patients”™ records to be shared at the touch of a button. Many EHR systems have a number of options of exam or encounter summaries that are available to email, print or e-fax to patients or providers if requested. Some also  allow customizable templates to be created in letter formats that save as PDFs in the patients”™ records, virtually eliminating the need to print anything when sharing data.

SMARTPHONES
Smartphone usage is also a veritable never-ending source of constant change in access. RevolutionEHR has simple patient data look-up on their app. Other apps allow lensometry of spectacles by attaching your smartphone to a proprietary device. Quick photos taken of ocular images or scans are a simplistic but easy way to transfer or share data.

The competition to share more data, quickly and efficiently, to expedite and fully care for our patients is expanding rapidly. Thankfully, most of these new capabilities are easy-to-use and constantly evolving. Ask your patients if they care to have their data, make sure appropriate HIPAA rules are followed and delegate a key staff member to send the data safely and securely when appropriate. Remember, our patients have rights to their data. Let”™s be proficient and use what”™s at our fingertips to share it.

Gina M. Wesley, OD, MS, FAAO, is in private practice in Medina, MN.

 

WHERE TO FIND IT:
Canon
800.970.7227 | usa.canon.com/eye-care

Marco
800.874.5274 |  marco.com

Medmont
800.663.4248 | medmont.com

Optos
800.854.3039 | optos.com

Optovue, Inc.
866.344.8948 | optovue.com

Revolution EHR
866.261.0688 | revolutionehr.com

TearScience
919.459.4880 | TearScience.com

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