Intelerad Medical Systems and Life Image are merging in an agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed, that the companies say will create the world’s largest medical image sharing network.
Advancing medical imaging interoperability is a key data exchange objective of the Law of cures of the 21st century.
Intelerad, the Raleigh, North Carolina and Montreal-based enterprise imaging provider, hopes to advance access to digital health information by combining two of the largest image-sharing networks and ensuring open access between networks.
Last year, Intelerad acquired Ambra Health, a move that Morris Panner, Intelerad’s chairman and former Ambra CEO says, more quickly achieves a joint vision of a national electronic imaging network in the announcement.
Connecting 13,000 facilities with more than 160,000 US providers and 58,000 global clinics, Life Image is the only medical evidence network that provides large-scale, heterogeneous, anonymous image sets that can be linked to longitudinal data to medical research.
Together, Intelerad and Life Image they manage more than 80 billion images worldwide and are used by world-class health systems such as the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and NewYork Presbyterian.
“Bringing together two of the industry’s leading image exchange vendors further solidifies Intelerad’s commitment to helping clinicians and patients lead the revolution in imaging from a world of isolated PACS to a future of interoperable image exchange” . Intelerad CEO Mike Lipps said in a statement.
“As an advocate for radiology’s critical role in health equity, I am very encouraged by the announcement of this expanded network and its commitment to interoperability,” added Dr. Geraldine McGinty, former president of the American College of Radiology, in a statement. shared by companies.
The merger sets the stage for the continued elimination of expensive CD-ROMs as the primary means of image transfer and to help support the healthcare industry’s interoperability goals.
Andrea Fox is a senior editor for Healthcare IT News.
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