AT&T announced the launch of a new cloud-based medical imaging and information management service, which is being piloted by two healthcare systems.

The telecommunications giant said Baptist Health System of Alabama and Henry Ford Health System of Michigan have signed agreements to pilot the service, which will connect doctors to patients’ medical images, promising faster treatment. AT&T said the service will also lower costs in an industry where today it can take multiple and unconnected systems and devices to transmit a single image.

“With the AT&T solution – which uses the power of our network combined with digital imaging technology – doctors and other healthcare providers can transform the way they treat patients,” Randall Porter, assistant vice president for the company’s health practice, said in a statement.

The system allows healthcare providers to store, access, view and share patient medical images and information over a secure infrastructure. The cloud service is offered on a pay-as-you-go pricing system where healthcare providers pay based on the gigabytes of information transferred per month.

The system utilizes AT&T’s Synaptic Storage-as-a-Service offering in combination with a universal clinical platform from Acuo Technologies. Acuo’s technology provides access to medical images from disparate picture archive systems. 

The size of the business need being tackled is substantial. Baptist Health, for example, has accumulated more than 2 million patient images and creates some 30,000 images per month.

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