1.9.11 Medical diagnosis goes mobile in Queensland

Medical scans are the latest service to go mobile with a new app giving GPs and specialists the ability to access and assess patient MRI, CT, ultrasound and x-ray images on their Apple iPhones or iPads anytime, anywhere, making for faster diagnosis and treatment of urgent health issues.

Launched by the I-MED Network, Australia’s largest diagnostic imaging group, the I-MED Online Queensland app is the first of its kind in the state and will be free for pre-registered and approved medical professionals to download from the iTunes store.

When logged in, doctors will be able to access view-only diagnostic images along with a patient’s imaging history, and this will be particularly useful for referring doctors who practice at a number of clinics or spend a lot of time on the go as it will allow them to view incoming scans from their iPhones or iPads and act on critical cases with speed.

It will also come in handy for cases that require cross-consultation, as the technology will enable doctors and specialists in multiple locations to view images simultaneously.

I-MED Network CEO Mark Masterson said the radiology group was thrilled to be pioneering the ‘next generation’ in diagnostic imaging technology in Queensland.

“We have invested significantly in this new technology to help provide increased flexibility to doctors and we believe the introduction of the I-MED Online Queensland app will help them better manage urgent patient cases and put treatment plans in place faster,” said Mr Masterson.

I-MED Network General Manager Queensland, Justin Mottram, said the app had already proved effective in I-MED’s Western Australian practices but would be the first of its kind in Queensland.

“Prior to the introduction of this app, doctors had to be at their primary office or computer terminal in order to receive and access patients’ diagnostic scans. If a doctor is on call, out of the office, or moving between facilities, they can now get instant access to new patient results and determine how and when action needs to be taken,” said Mr Mottram. “In critical or urgent cases, this could help save lives.”

“Working with top developers, we have ensured the app is extremely secure with patient privacy maintained at all times through the integration of high level technical safeguards,” he added.

The I-MED Network in Queensland comprises a number of practice groups, including Central Queensland Imaging, Bundaberg Medical Imaging, Wide Bay Radiology, Clarke & Robertson Radiology, Southern X-Ray Clinics, Gold Coast Medical Imaging, and Wesley Medical Imaging. All will be urging referring doctors to download the new app and embrace the next generation of diagnostic imaging technology in Queensland.