It’s always interesting to see examples of how mainstream tech companies move into health care. Symantec is following the path of taking its capabilities for storage management and cloud-based hosting and tweaking them so that they’re selling a storage system for images. Given that this means hospitals and image centers don’t have to buy and manage in house storage, that’s pretty attractive. But the interesting thing they’ve done is to create an easy way that any physician can share images with any other—either uploading images themselves to Symantec’s cloud storage or having them come from PACS systems or direct from imaging machines. And (assuming it takes off) that in turn will create viral pressure on image producers (like hospitals and imaging centers) to get them into the system and therefore buy more storage. Clever, huh.
I talked with Lori Wright, VP of SymantecHealth about this new image sharing service and she gave me a quick demo—all well captured on the trusty Flip cam. You’ll see why this is intriguing for doctors and, perhaps in the future, patients. (I can certainly imagine OBGYNs sharing ultrasounds with patients one day soon)