Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, US, has selected Accelarad’s medical imaging solution for its network of 22 hospitals and 185 physician clinics.

The health system will leverage Accelarad’s social media-like medical imaging solution, built on a hub-and-spoke deployment model, to collaborate and improve care coordination with other healthcare organisations irrespective of geographic location.

Intermountain Healthcare imaging information systems director Geoff Duke said Accelarad’s technology will expedite medical image sharing across the entire health system.

"Because medical images can be immediately sent and received through Accelarad, physicians can make the best possible care decisions and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes," Duke added.

"Because medical images can be immediately sent and received through Accelarad, physicians can make the best possible care decisions and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes."

"Accelarad will enhance the care that all patients – residents and visitors alike – receive at our facilities and it will ensure that visitors receive the necessary follow-up treatment after they leave our state."

The imaging solution will enable the physician to request, view and share medical images from a referring facility, which will aid in making healthcare decisions once the patient arrives at the hospital and eliminate the current process of managing medical images on CDs and film.

Intermountain Healthcare expects to modernise the referral process for patients transferring to the system’s Level I trauma centres from smaller healthcare facilities with the help of Accelarad.

Accelarad CEO Willie Tillery said that effective care coordination is vital for large health systems with complex PACS systems and robust networks of partner facilities.

"Accelarad, which will integrate with Intermountain Healthcare’s existing archiving technology and clinical workflow, will promote communication between the health system and its medical partners, thereby strengthening care coordination across the entire region," Tillery added.