The healthcare industry is a perfect example of digital transformation in action. For many years now we have heard of the transition from analog to digital medical images for a wide variety of “ologies” starting with radiology (MRI, CT-Scan, X-Ray) and now evolving toward cardiology, pathology and more. Healthcare software companies such as Sectra Healthcare are leading the way in providing a comprehensive suite that supports these various -ologies under the umbrella of Enterprise Image Management (EIM). EIM provides a common framework for doctors to access applications and their associated medical images, as well as providing a shared platform for insurance providers and.
Apple's recent announcement about the inclusion of health records access from mobile devices rekindled a lot of discussion about the Health Information Exchange (HIE). The key difference between the HIE and other initiatives like it and Apple’s health application is that the consumer of the iOS Health app is the patient him or herself; the consumer of the HIE is the hospital or medical practitioner. The beneficiary, in both cases, really is the patient.