There are lots of ways to diagnose a patient. MRI, PET, CT, Ultrasound, etc. are some of the scans that are used to take internal images of patients for doctors to diagnose them. These images are bigger in size and so take up a lot of space and storing them in hospitals’ servers to share them is not a feasible way to solve this problem. Cloud-based medical image sharing provides a really good solution to this problem.
What is Cloud-Based Medical Image Sharing
Since technology has advanced a lot and so has the size of the images taken through the latest technology. It’s not economically feasible to store images in bought servers anymore. Cloud-based medical image sharing is a system to store images in clouds. This service is provided by cloud-based servers that are hosted by different companies.
This is a relatively new development in the medical field and it was made due to the confinements of local PACS servers that cost a lot. The transition to cloud-based systems from local servers has reduced costs and increased the options to share more efficiently. Now, you can store files in cloud-based servers and access them from anywhere you want.
The Features of Cloud-Based Medical Image Sharing
Clouds have a much, much more storage ability than local servers. This is the main reason for the transition from local servers to cloud and it has worked perfectly. Now doctors don’t have to worry about the large image size and can store them conveniently in clouds.
- The Access
The uploaded images are accessible to doctors from a wide range of devices. They can access them through their smartphones, tablets, PCs, workstation, etc.
- The Range
Local servers are accessible from only a small range but cloud servers are accessible from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection. Also, the confidential data of the patients are protected through a secure HIPAA-compliant, SSL-encrypted network connection.
- Versatility and Elasticity
Since the cloud is accessible from everywhere, it can be used for the purpose of teaching, consulting, diagnosis, reviewing, testing, etc. The system adapts automatically to resources according to the demand without needing any alteration to the software or hardware.
- Storage and Cost
As said before, clouds offer lots of space than local servers. It also comes with a lower cost because you don’t need local servers and maintenance.
The data stored in the cloud is secured and so it’s a reliable source to access information which is really necessary because they are patients’ confidential information.
- Lower Risk
You can lose the data due to simple hardware damage in your local PACS server but cloud-based images don’t have this problem because no on-premise hardware damage can affect the data stored in the cloud.
- More Physical Space
You need to have extra rooms for your local servers but you don’t need it for clouds. You can save money from that unused space.
It’s obvious why cloud-based DICOM image sharing is the much better option for sharing and storing medical images than local servers. It’s no wonder why it’s gaining popularity so rapidly.