Software as a Service Cardiovascular PACS Based on Web 2.0 Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$2,245,221.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R42HL106864-01A1
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
R42HL106864
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
NHLBI
Solicitation Number:
PA10-051
Small Business Information
5003 SOUTHPARK DR., SUITE 140, DURHAM, NC, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
194348913
Principal Investigator:
ROBERTJUDD
(919) 668-3539
robert.judd@duke.edu
Business Contact:
ROBERTJUDD
(919) 668-3539
robert.judd@duke.edu
Research Institute:
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Research Projects Administration
Wyman Park Building W400 3400 N. Charles Street
BALTIMORE, MD, 21218-
() -

Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Nearly two-thirds of all medical imaging procedures in the United States are performed in physician offices, yet few of these small healthcare providers can afford picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) needed to exchange these images with large hospitals. Without online access to previous imaging tests many procedures are repeated, leading to excessive healthcare costs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has estimated that these costs doubled between2000 and 2006, and that imaging currently accounts for over one third of total Medicare payments to office-based cardiologists. To facilitate cross-provider sharing of medical images we propose a strategic partnership between Heart Imaging Technologies, the Johns Hopkins Health System, and Duke University to develop a medical image management system for use by physician offices that interfaces to the National Health Information Network (NHIN), a Federal initiative of the Office of the National Coordinatorfor Health Information Technology (ONC). The system we propose will allow multiple small healthcare providers to transmit images over the Internet to a single service provider, and then share these images with other healthcare providers using the NHIN infrastructure. The proposed system is expected to greatly facilitate cross-provider exchange of medical images, thereby reducing repeat testing, reducing healthcare costs, and improving the quality of patient care on a national scale. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: We propose a strategic partnership between Heart Imaging Technologies, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Duke University to develop a medical image management system for use by physician offices. Nearly two-thirds of all medical imaging procedures in theUnited States are performed in physician offices, yet few of these small healthcare providers can afford the image management systems necessary to exchange images with other healthcare providers. We propose to develop an inexpensive Internet service thatallows image uploading and sharing based on the infrastructure of the National Health Information Network. The proposed system is expected to greatly facilitate cross- provider exchange of medical images, thereby reducing repeat testing and associated healthcare costs nationwide.

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