Accenture and AT&T have launched a cloud-based medical imaging service that will enable health professionals to electronically share, review and store medical images such as X-rays and CT or MRI scans.

The new offering, Accenture Medical Imaging Solution, is designed to help medical professionals review patient images almost instantly, allow radiologists to see more patients and reduce long-term technology costs, the companies say.

Through the imaging service, national hospital networks can centrally manage medical images and collaborate with other institutions, physicians and radiologists.

The Accenture Medical Imaging Solution, which will be offered to U.S. hospitals, can help medical facilities efficiently manage radiology services and match supply and demand of radiology facilities and services, Accenture says. It will use AT&T’s Medical Imaging and Information Management offering, a cloud-based service that allows healthcare providers to store, access, view and share patient medical images from virtually anywhere over a highly-secure infrastructure.

The pay-as-you-go storage pricing is a way to help providers avoid capital investments in storage infrastructure.

“Accenture's systems integration experience coupled with AT&T's cloud-based technologies means hospitals can have virtually real-time access to medical images while reducing healthcare costs,” Randall Porter, assistant vice president at AT&T ForHealth, said in a statement.

Medical imaging management is one of the healthcare industry's biggest challenges, and providers increasingly are turning to cloud-based solutions, Accenture says. About 73% of healthcare organizations plan to shift imaging data storage to the cloud, in some capacity, while 32% actively use some form of cloud solutions today, according to an Accenture study.





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