Nuance acquires Accelarad to launch PowerShare Network allowing doctors to easily share medical images
Nuance, a company best known for its speech recognition and clinical documentation software and its Radiology PowerScribe tool, recently acquired Atlanta-based medical imaging sharing solution Accelarad. Nuance will be combining its Radiology PowerScribe tool, which digitally transcribes imaging reports, with Accelarad’s “social networking”-style exchange. Healthcare organizations that use PowerScribe (which currently produces more than half of all radiology reports in the U.S.) can immediately begin sharing radiology reports along with images, including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, wound care images, and more through a system called the PowerShare Network.
“Integrated image and report sharing helps us deliver quality care and drive down costs especially when patients transfer from one facility to another,” explains Deborah Gash, vice president and CIO of Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City. “Whether at their desktop or on their mobile device, our physicians can see the study that was done along with the interpretive report, which provides the information they need to treat the patient and avoid duplicate testing.”