When did you first start taking photographs with a digital camera? Many families bought their first digital cameras in the first decade of the 2000s. They were expensive, took low resolution pictures, and used memory cards that could only hold a couple of hundred images. It hasn’t been until recently that high quality cameras have been able to fit in your pocket.
This change in technology has had a considerable effect on the practice of medicine. Today, doctors in every specialty use images to diagnose, document, and treat diseases throughout the body. While these images have undoubtedly improved care, there is still more work that must be done so that each healthcare provider caring for your child has access to the complete picture. Information technology professionals at Cincinnati Children’s are leading the charge to create a system that will allow the doctors and nurses caring for your child to see all of the medical images pertaining to his or her care.
Image: Close-up view of OneView.
The first step of this process is the launch of OneView on December 13th. OneView is the enterprise image viewing software that will be used at Cincinnati Children’s. At its launch, healthcare providers will, for the first time, be able to view radiology and cardiology images (like x-rays, CTs, and echocardiograms) in one location. In the coming months and years, we will be adding all sorts of images, including photographs such as those from dermatology or surgery. Our hope is that through the use of OneView, doctors and nurses will be able to see all of the issues affecting your child and then be able to use that information to make a more confident diagnosis or prescribe a more effective treatment.
Contributed by Dr. Alexander Towbin and edited by Timothy O’Connor, (Informatics Director).