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Intelerad acquires Life Image, with goal of global medical image network

Intelerad Medical Systems and Life Image are merging in a deal terms which weren’t disclosed that the firms say will generate the biggest medical image exchange network.

Advancing medical image interoperability is really a key data exchange goal of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Intelerad, the Raleigh, North Carolina- and Montreal-based enterprise imaging provider hopes to advance usage of digital health information by combining two of the biggest image-sharing networks, and ensuring open access between networks.

Recently, Intelerad acquired Ambra Health, a step that Morris Panner, Intelerad president and former Ambra CEO, says quicker achieves a joining vision of a nationwide electronic image network in the announcement.

Connecting 13,000 facilities with an increase of than 160,000 U.S. providers and 58,000 global clinics, Life Image may be the only medical evidence network providing large-scale, heterogeneous, de-identified imaging sets which are linkable to longitudinal data for medical research.

Together, Intelerad and Life Image manage a lot more than 80 billion images worldwide, and so are utilized by blue chip health systems such as for example Cleveland Clinic,Mayo Clinic and NewYork Presbyterian.

“Combining two of the industrys leading image exchange providers further solidifies Intelerads commitment to helping clinicians and patients lead the revolution in imaging from the world of siloed PACS to another of interoperable image exchange,” said Intelerad CEO Mike Lipps in a statement.

“Being an advocate for radiologys critical role in health equity, I’m so encouraged by the announcement of the expanded network and its own commitment to interoperability,” added Dr. Geraldine McGinty, past President of the American College of Radiology in a statement shared by the firms.

The merger lays further groundwork for the continuing elimination of costly CD-ROMs because the primary method of image transfer, also to help support the healthcare industry’s interoperability goals.

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Healthcare IT News is really a HIMSS publication.

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