NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambra Health, makers of the leading cloud-based, medical image management suite, today announced a partnership with San Diego Health Connect to image-enable their health information exchange (HIE) network and offer providers a streamlined way in which to exchange and view medical images such as x-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Now, providers for over 3.5 million patients on the exchange will have seamless, digital access to their patients' imaging data.
San Diego Health Connect (SDHC) is a not-for-profit community collaborative health information exchange (HIE) that facilitates the electronic exchange of patient healthcare information. Key information such as test results, imaging data, demographic data, allergies, medications and medical care summaries can be readily retrieved from a patient's health record so the attending provider has a more complete "picture" of the patient's health at the point of care. Consistent with its mission of " connecting healthcare stakeholders to deliver quality, comprehensive information for better care," SDHC chose Ambra to streamline the delivery of medical images so they can be more readily incorporated in a patient's health record no matter where the original image is located. Ambra was selected amongst an impressive list of bidders by a community-led committee comprised of prominent healthcare providers across the greater San Diego area. Included in the committee were representatives from Kaiser, the Naval Medical Center, Rady Children's Hospital, Scripps Health, Sharp Healthcare, the VA Medical Center, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, Sharp Community Medical Group, Pioneers Memorial Hospital, UCSD Health System, Palomar Health, and Tri-City Medical Center. "A partnership with Ambra Health enhances the image sharing capabilities of our platform through a fully integrated and federated cloud image management model," said Daniel Chavez, Executive Director, San Diego Health Connect. "Ambra's medical imaging management suite is a natural fit for Health Information Exchanges. Now, providers in San Diego and Imperial County will be able to use San Diego Health Connect's HIE to gain access to their patients' medical images when they need them most," said Morris Panner, CEO of Ambra Health. Leading HIEs have adopted Ambra's technology to empower the community with greater access to patient imaging records, improving the speed of care. As a modern cloud application, Ambra maintains fully documented Web Services and an API set to optimize SDHC's existing systems, through integrated viewing, exchange, and collaboration tools. Ambra will also deploy a web-based 'Thin Study' index to populate the patient index within the SDHC portal for immediate access to imaging from disparate PACS (picture archiving and communication systems) across providers.