Multiple Sclerosis Patients Gain Access To Novel Image Sharing Platform

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StatRad is a technology leader in radiology and HealthCare Journey a virtual multiple sclerosis center and educator website guided by the motto, Stop Searching Start Learning. According to a recent press release, the two companies have teamed up to offer instant access to radiology exams via a novel image storage platform to facilitate care for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). With this platform — RadConnect — it will be possible for MS patients to store and control their own radiology exams (brain MRIs included) and, consequently, improve their health outcomes.

During the course of their disease, MS patients have many MRI scans, and it can be a challenge for them to keep track of them while moving, changing jobs, healthcare plans or simply changing from physician to physician. As noted in the press release, doctor Revere Kinkel states: “To get their old MRIs most MS patients have to personally go to the radiology center where it was done and have them copy it onto a CD, often for a charge. To make matters worse, the centers may not store films for more than a 7 to 10 year period. That is not long enough with an illness that lasts over 40 years in many individuals. Allowing patients to store and access their own MRI data will improve patient care.”

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Christine Granfield, Founder and CEO of HealthCare Journey explains that RadConnect is a tool designed to empower MS patients by giving them the ability to store and access their own health information so that they can manage their symptoms and be aware of their disease progression. They also can share their radiology images directly with all of their physicians and ask for second opinions in difficult cases. HealthCare Journey created the first Virtual MS Center and through this partnership with StatRad the control key was given to patients rather than hospitals that already store tons of information about millions of patients. “The RadConnect platform will provide our members a highly secure, and HIPAA compliant solution to store and share their own MRIs with easy access, anytime from anywhere,” says Granfield in the press release.
Claude Hooton, President of StatRad, share his enthusiasm: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in the emerging digital health movement. We are thrilled to work with HealthCare Journey to provide portability and instant access to medical images with the goal of improving the lives, and quality of care, for their members who are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis.”

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Isaura Santos graduated with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Her professional interests include science communication, public awareness of science and communication of science through entertainment.
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