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March 01, 2016

TigerText Deepens Box Integration to Provide Easier DICOM Image Collaboration

TigerText, a provider of secure communications solutions for enterprises and the healthcare industry, has been making moves lately to enhance the messaging capabilities of healthcare providers. In January, for example, the company released two new tools to help healthcare providers move away from outdated short-range hospital communications like pager and fax systems with the release of TigerPage and TigerFax. Now, TigerText is enabling its joint users to collaborate on DICOM medical images through deeper integration with Box.

Being HIPAA compliant, Box was a natural choice to help facilitate this new HIPAA-compliant text messaging service. Powered by the TigerConnect developer platform, this new integration with Box DICOM Viewer enables medical professionals to communicate quickly and efficiently on DICOM imaging studies—including x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds—for diagnostic purposes.

"The TigerConnect developer platform was created to help healthcare organizations improve communication across the care continuum with secure messaging applications, without the need to create them from scratch," said Itamar Kandel, president of TigerConnect. "Our latest integration with Box is an exciting step towards fulfilling our shared vision to provide patients and medical professionals with access to more information at the point of care."

DICOM stands for digital imaging and communications in medicine and is an industry standard for handling, storing, printing and transmitting information associated with medical imaging and is therefore widely used by hospitals and medical practices. It comprises a network communications protocol and file format definition designated to eliminate data interoperability barriers. DICOM also facilitates the integration of servers, workstations, scanners, printers and network hardware from various manufacturers into a universal picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

"We're delighted to expand our integration with TigerText to now include the sharing of DICOM files via secure text messaging. This allows for quicker diagnoses and consults," said Missy Krasner, managing director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Box.  "This new integration helps doctors receive imaging studies on the web or mobile phones, allowing for quicker diagnoses and consults."

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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