Yes, GE, and AGFA, I'm throwing down the gauntlet. It's time. It's really way past time I do this.
Here's some background. My group covers a number of hospitals. The two largest in our system use AGFA IMPAX 6.5. We also cover a very busy oncology clinic that uses Centricity 3.1. As you might imagine (and one of you claims to have a Healthymagination) patients bounce back and forth between the clinic and the hospital. Mr. Jones might have had is last three CT's at the clinic, but now presents the the ED with intractable pain, and must of course be scanned STAT! Mrs. Smith's tumor was discovered on scans at the hospital several months ago, and now is a patient at the clinic where her followup imaging will take place.
We deal with this scenario about ten times per day. The problem is, we don't always know that the patient has had an old study, and more often than not, the oncologists call us, boldly telling us that we didn't go where the patient had gone before, and would we please be so kind as to re-read the rather complex CT's of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, and extremities now that we know about the comparison studies. This comparison has to be done on two different systems, which is a pain in the gluteus maximus even if I knew about the old study in the first place. It's enough to make me drink...more than I already do. This is a patient-care issue, and a rather serious one at that.
Your mission, Vendors, should you decide to accept it (and I'll bet you won't...) is to solve this problem for me. WORK TOGETHER and create a solution. I need some form of Enterprise viewer to link or overlay or somehow mate the two systems, something that will find a patient's exams performed at either site, and let me know, and more importantly, let me read them side by side as if they were done at the same institution.
I really don't care which viewer ends up doing the job, although if GE wanted to do this right, they would leverage in the Centricity IntegradWeb client somehow. Otherwise, IMPAX 6 would probably be the next best choice. (Don't anyone get a swelled head; I still don't much like IMPAX OR Centricity 3.)
This is not rocket science, boys and girls. Smaller companies like Intelerad and eRad, and bigger folk such as Carestream can do this. AGFA advertises their enterprise capability. So. It can be done. Now, figure out the way to do it for me.