Augmentiqs is used by pathology labs and healthcare organizations as a HIPAA compliant telepathology solution between the lab and remote experts.
Augmentiqs securely transfers a live view of the tissue as seen within the microscope ocular to remote participants. The connection is established using industry-standard encryption methods, with multiple media channels utilized to buffer against any unauthorized entry. Patient identifiable information is kept in the lab while remote experts can discuss the tissue in real-time.
Healthcare and businesses in the U.S. and other countries dealing with the transfer of sensitive healthcare information are bound to comply with Federal standards for protecting the integrity & confidentiality of the patient information that is set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The Health Information Profitability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) represents a federal law which prevents a health care provider from releasing individually identifiable PHI (protected health information) without the consent of an individual. The purpose of HIPAA is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and the availability of electronic protected health information (EPHI) when stored, maintained or transmitted.
Individually identifiable information includes the individual’s name, address, phone number, email, DOB, SS#, MR#, Healthplan #, Account#, license #, vehicle information, device numbers, URLs, IP, biometric identifiers, finger and voice prints, full face images, any other information that can identify patient.
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Augmentiqs telepathology maintains HIPPA compliance by not electronically transferring any identifiable patient information during the telepathology session. Remote viewers are presented with a live view of the tissue as chosen by the pathologist or technician at the microscope.
The Real-Time aspect of the telepathology solution means that once the region of interest has been changed, the slide removed, or the session disconnected, there remains no electronic record of the image available online.
Augmentiqs is a real-time telepathology solution that is easily integrated into the existing microscope and pathology workflow. It enables multi-directional communication between the lab and remote experts, with all parties being able to make annotations, view a full-resolution image regardless of Internet bandwidth, and see a field of view comparable to the microscope ocular.
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