Bridging the communication gap between public and private radiology services

Nicholas J Ferris, Philip J Dubois, Christopher Lindop, Vincent B McCauley and Peter A MacIsaac
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03717.x
Published online: 21 June 2010

To the Editor: The recent clinical update by Chakera and colleagues highlights the problems and adverse patient outcomes that occur when current and prior diagnostic images are not accessible during the clinical care process.1 While the article describes a locally crafted, tactical, information technology (IT) solution, it fails to mention that much work has been done internationally to create a standards-based, scalable architecture for image and document exchange.

  • Nicholas J Ferris1
  • Philip J Dubois2
  • Christopher Lindop3
  • Vincent B McCauley4
  • Peter A MacIsaac5

  • 1 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa, Wis, USA.
  • 4 McCauley Software Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Canberra, ACT.


Competing interests:

Christopher Lindop is Co-Chair of IHE Radiology Planning Committee and IHE Technical Committee. Vincent McCauley is Chair of IHE Australia, Treasurer of the Medical Software Industry Association, a volunteer for HL7 Australia, and a consultant for the National eHealth Transition Authority. Peter MacIsaac is Secretary of IHE Australia.


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