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Saint Luke’s Health System Selects for Broad-based Image Communication

Atlanta, GA — Saint Luke’s Health System (Kansas City), ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, has selected the cloud-based medical imaging platform for the sharing of all medical images beyond the enterprise. was the only solution that provided the 11 hospital integrated delivery network with the versatile, proven technology to support its full range of needs, from image communications for trauma transfers and tertiary referrals to sharing files with referring physicians and patients. The solution will complement Saint Luke’s existing PACS.

Saint Luke’s Health System both sends and receives imaging exams on an ongoing basis from its 11 hospitals to a referral base that spans a service area of 100 miles around the Kansas City area. Saint Luke’s Hospital, the major level I trauma center in the region, admits a large number of emergency transfers into its operating room (OR) on a daily basis.

Throughout its long history, Saint Luke’s has been committed to leveraging cutting edge technology to deliver the highest level of patient care and sought a solution that would allow an easy, flexible way for its rapidly growing referral base to provide the hospital with medical images online, while eliminating the need for CD production in-house.   Many radiology departments are extremely overburdened by the time-consuming exam duplication process and also spend large amounts of time attempting to view difficult-to-access images that arrive with patients on portable media.  Often, exams have to be repeated, with accompanying risk to patients due to additional radiation exposure and cost to the healthcare system overall.

After a comprehensive review of the marketplace, Saint Luke’s found to be the technology best suited to its needs and believes the innovative Internet-based communication platform is ushering in a new and improved paradigm for image communications across disparate healthcare entities.

Using the unique technology, Saint Luke’s staff can transmit images directly from their PACS to to enable access for referring physicians.  Patients also can be granted similar image access.  The platform provides advanced security and permissions to ensure full HIPAA-compliance for all medical image sharing.  Its easy-to-use social media-like interface also provides a full range of communications and collaboration tools for all users.

Staff at referring facilities now has the ability to upload cases to the Saint Luke’s portal with a few clicks.  Saint Luke’s surgical team will then be able to  immediately view images and consult on the appropriateness of a potential trauma transfer in advance of the patient’s arrival, while planning incoming surgeries ahead of time to provide more immediate care.  Tertiary referral cases will also be uploaded similarly.

“Saint Luke’s is a forward-thinking hospital that leverages new technologies to deliver the highest standard of care,” said Willie Tillery, CEO of Accelarad.  “The hospital’s blueprint for the use of’s comprehensive range of features going forward will help demonstrate the platform’s broad capabilities.  We are proud that they have chosen to partner with us in their pursuit of excellence.”

About, an Accelarad venture, is an online community for medical image exchange that is revolutionizing how imaging facilities, physicians, and patients store, share, and access medical images and reports.  Via a cloud computing platform, allows for easy collaboration and communication among health care providers and patients, dramatically improving access, costs, speed, and mobility of medical image exchange throughout the continuum of care. By fully complying with HIPAA privacy and security rules, safeguards total patient confidentiality.

About Accelarad
Accelarad, an Atlanta-based company, is a market leader in medical image cloud computing. With the launch of – its new online medical exchange community – Accelarad will continue to lead the industry, working with more than 600 facilities and 2,500 physicians, and processing more than 200 million medical images annually, serving as a  new model for the delivery of radiology services through its virtual radiology network (VRN).  Please visit or or call 1.888.883.4544 for more information.