The Nation’s Leading Framework for Health Information Exchange is Expanding to Include Imaging Data

December 2, 2019 |
Carequality Blog

Announcing Early Adopter Imaging Vendors and a Pathway for Others to #DitchTheDisk Too

As you may remember, in June 2019, we published a proposed Image Exchange Implementation Guide Supplement to expand the scope of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to support exchange of medical imaging studies. This draft was announced at the SIIM meeting, but jointly developed with the support of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and Carequality. The proposal kicked off the first step to providing patients and their care teams with convenient and secure access to external DICOM images for more efficient and informed care.

We were thrilled to receive dozens of public comments from the medical imaging and Carequality communities to further refine and enhance this guide. We’ve worked diligently to resolve comments in a timely manner to deliver on the promise to #DitchTheDisk.

On Monday, December 2nd, the revised Carequality Image Exchange Implementation Guide Supplement was presented at a town hall luncheon at the RSNA 2019 Annual Meeting. Before a crowd of representatives from radiology and the medical imaging industry, David S. Mendelson, MD, FACR, Senior Associate, Clinical Informatics and Vice Chair of Radiology IT at The Mount Sinai Health System, and Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics Research at Stanford University Medical Center, presented on the importance of data liquidity and seamless sharing of medical images by leveraging the existing Carequality Interoperability Framework, which is used at tens of thousands of care sites across the US to exchange over 80 million patient documents each month.

Three pioneering imaging vendors have committed to empowering their customers to share imaging studies in 2020. We are grateful to the support and leadership of LifeImage, Ambra, and Philips. They will lead the imaging community in making imaging data more accessible to patients and their care teams and eliminating the need to hand-carry or mail disks.

The town hall luncheon closed with a call for the broader imaging community to follow in the footsteps of these pioneers and adopt the Carequality Interoperability Framework, which is the nation’s most used method of sharing health information across and among networks, regardless of technology or geography. To learn more about how you can get involved please contact

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