NexGenic has announced the launch of a proprietary technology called ImageInbox®, an app which makes it possible for patients to control and store essential medical images and diagnostic reports, and securely deliver them on demand to healthcare providers as easily as sending an email.
ImageInbox allows patients to electronically send and receive the full-resolution medical images necessary for healthcare providers’ key treatment decisions. Patients have their choice of using the free iPhone/iPad app (app is 99 cents after introductory three-month period) downloaded from the Apple App store that is configurable with their personal Google Drive file storage accounts. If they prefer, patients can download a free desktop version of the app from NexGenic.com for local file storage. The secure technology encrypts and transfers medical images between provider and patient in seconds, eliminating the time, cost and hassle of physically retrieving and delivering the vital information on CD – and eliminating unnecessary radiation that results from additional diagnostic testing if images are otherwise unavailable.
“Images are at the center of major treatment decisions,” explained NexGenic’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stephan Erberich, Ph.D. “The ability to provide those images safely and confidently to medical personnel should be in the hands of patients who may need to do so at a moment’s notice.
NexGenic offers ImageInbox® to healthcare providers in a freemium pricing structure determined by the needs of their monthly exchange volumes. Providers using less than 100 transfers (image exams and diagnostic reports) per month can use the service for free. Those with 100-999 transfers are charged a flat rate of $199/month, and those with more than 1000+ transfers are charged a flat rate of $499/month. NexGenic also offers multiple versions of their ImageInbox® Annex Servers, fitted to the image exchange demands of the individual healthcare provider.
“The cost for healthcare providers to utilize ImageInbox® is drastically lower than the costs generally budgeted by medical professionals and facilities for imaging records sharing,” elaborated Erberich, “while the faster delivery and reliability of the images allows for improved overall care for patients. At a time when the healthcare industry is facing tremendous pressure to engage with patients who expect modern, mobile communication tools, it also faces declining reimbursements and shrinking budgets for technology investments. The technical breakthrough ImageInbox® offers benefits both providers and patients by addressing these demands, mobile health and cost savings.”
For those patients who want to share snapshots of medical images with friends and family, such as an ultrasound image to announce a pregnancy, NexGenic is including an optional social sharing feature in its iPhone/iPad app.