Our standards initiatives include ongoing work to develop and implement standards that expand secure access to medical imaging data for providers and patients. Starting in 2009, under a contract funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, RSNA oversaw the creation of the Image Share Network, which enabled participating radiology sites to share imaging records with patients via secure online accounts. To promote adoption of the standards used in the Image Share Network, RSNA partnered with the Sequoia Project, an independent nonprofit dedicated to promoting health information exchange, to develop the RSNA Image Share Validation Testing Program.
Image Share Validation Testing
Launched in 2016, the Image Share Validation Testing Program tests the compliance of health care IT vendor systems with standards for exchange of medical images used in the Image Share Network. Vendor products that successfully pass a set of rigorous tests receive the RSNA Image Share Validation seal. This stamp of approval communicates to current and future customers the vendors image sharing capabilities.
The validation program benefits patients and providers with improved efficiency, reduced costs and enhanced quality of care by:
- Giving patients access to their medical images in a secure environment rather than on CDs
- Providing physicians a diagnostic history to make better therapeutic decisions
- Reducing the number of unnecessary exams when previous results are not accessible thereby reducing radiation exposure and duplicate procedures
We invite health care IT vendors to apply to the Image Share Validation Program. Testing is conducted annually.
Image Share and Sync for Science
Sync for Science is designed to provide an easier way of sharing medical records with researchers. S4S is a collaboration among electronic health record 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. 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.