Including images and imaging reports in electronic health records as a requirement for meaningful use is important and should be implemented by 2013 and not in 2015, as proposed, writes Rich Eaton, an industry manager for Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, in this AuntMinnie.com opinion piece. Image integration has the potential to improve communication between physicians and patients, reduce health costs by preventing repetitive tests and enhance care by making medical images accessible during the time of care, Eaton writes.

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