On Wednesday, October 30th, Carequality and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) hosted a joint webinar to announce an early adopter program for Image Exchange via the Carequality Framework.
Chris Carr, director of informatics for RSNA, kicked-off the webinar by discussing historical challenges to digital image exchange. According to Mr. Carr, to make electronic image sharing a reality we need:
- A documented, standards-based implementation guide;
- A validation testing process; and
- A trust framework and standardized data use agreement.
He also stressed the importance of driving awareness and adoption among the medical imaging community and patients, including the ACR/RSNA campaign known as #DitchtheDisk.
Following an overview of Carequality and its nationwide interoperability framework and common agreement, Dave Cassel, executive director of Carequality, announced the early adopter program and what it means for imaging networks and participants in the Carequality community. When fully implemented, organizations will be able to sign one contract (Carequality Connection Agreement), complete one implementation of technical standards, and be in position to provide nationwide image exchange capabilities, with all other Carequality participants, for all customers.
Didi Davis, head of the RSNA Image Share Validation program for The Sequoia Project, reviewed the technical details for implementing image exchange. She emphasized the low barrier to participate because the Carequality Image Exchange specifications leverage the common IHE XCA-I profile that defines network to network connections, and networks can be based on IHE XDS-I or some facsimile.