Nautilus Medical said it is working to put radiology images and reports into patients' hands quickly and reduce the overhead for health care providers.
Nautilus Medical said in a release it has developed software that allows hospitals and imaging facilities to share reports and images with patients or other health care providers instantaneously without violating HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rules. The software, MatrixRay, allows patients to access their records without the need for health care providers to make copies of images on CDs, or other media. Time is also saved by providers that no longer have to physically make copies of CDs for patients.
As radiology has grown to play an even more vital role in diagnosis, more and more patients are waiting for what can be life-saving radiology reports. Even in non-emergency situations the wait times are long.
What patients may not be aware of is that they have a legal right to receive radiology reports and copies of the images from the exam, usually within thee days, Nautilus Medical said.
"Many facilities aren't willing to give patients this access, let alone provide a portal to share this vital information with referred physicians," Nautilus Medical CEO Tim Keeley said in the release. "This may become at minimum an inconvenience, but could delay care or increase expense for patients."