CTN creates cloud to store, view health care images

The Colorado Telehealth Network has developed a new program to allow hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and other health care providers to store and share medical images digitally through a private cloud.

The cloud will hold the medical images securely and is managed by GNAX Health f. The groups are working with the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization and Quality Health Network to create doctor portals that will make the images and diagnostic reports available through the Colorado health information exchanges.

GNAX will also provide disaster recovery and business continuity solutions to doctors and hospitals. Electronic medical records can be integrated into the cloud to provide doctors with a single place to view medical documentation – a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to move all health care organizations toward more use of digital records.

Nine state hospitals worked with the telehealth network to create the program. The group evaluated five solutions before selecting GNAX Health.

“This pioneering agreement … further solidifies our network as a national leader in health information technology and connectivity,” said Ed Bostick, CNT executive director. “We are confident that this new image storing service has the functunality and advantages our clients deserve, and promises to significantly enhance patient care coordination and quality across Colorado.”

The Colorado Telehealth Network is a statewide broadband network formed in 2008 as a result of two Federal Communication Commission grant awards to the Colorado Hospital Association and the Colorado Behavioral Health Council. In partnership with CORHIO, the group works to provide core network infrastructure to health care organization to increase their use of technology.