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  • Informatics
  • RSNA Image Share

  • The RSNA Image Share Network was a pilot project funded by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to enable radiologists to share medical images with patients using personal health record (PHR) accounts. Image Share was implemented at 20 radiology sites and provided over 35,000 patients access to their imaging studies and radiology reports. The pilot project ended in March 2018. Image Share provides a model and tools to enable patient-focused image sharing that have been adopted by many radiology sites and vendors of radiology systems.

    Providers

    Using CDs to give patients copies of the medical images and reports is a cumbersome and frustrating process for radiology staff and patients alike. RSNA Image Share lets you use secure Internet technology to give your patients control over their records. They manage their information in secure PHR accounts and decide who to share them with. Find out how your site can join the RSNA Image Share Network by contacting imageshare@lists.rsna.org.

    Patients

    RSNA Image Share gives patients control over their medical images and radiology reports. It lets them maintain their personal imaging history online and securely share information with care providers.

    Patients at sites participating in the Image Share Network can follow the simple instructions found here to access their images. Read our patient brochure to learn more about the network. User support for patients already enrolled in the RSNA Image Share Network is available at helpdesk@imsharing.org | Toll-free: 1-855-IM-SHARING (467-4274).

    Tools for Developers

    The Image Share project developed software tools that securely connect a site’s radiology systems (PACS and RIS) to the infrastructure for network-based sharing.Learn more about how to use these tools and download the Edge Server and documentation.

    Image Share Validation Program

    To encourage adoption of the Image Share model, RSNA has formed a partnership with the Sequoia Project to test compliance of vendor systems with standards for exchange of medical images used in the Image Share Network. The RSNA Image Share Validation Program was launched in 2016. Testing is conducted annually.Learn more, register for testing, and track the progress of the program here.

    Image Share and Sync for Science

    Sync for Science (S4S) is a collaboration among electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. It’s designed to provide an easier way of sharing medical records with researchers. As part of the Image Share pilot project, RSNA and its partners have worked with the S4S team to develop tools that enable medical images to be included among the medical records patients can share with researchers.Learn more about how to download and use the Image Share-S4S tools.