According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, approximately 75% of the world’s population lacks access to diagnostic imaging, but the prevalence of mobile phones is opening new possibilities for improved healthcare. A group called myMedImage is developing a cloud-based, DICOM-compliant PACS to connect patients in the developing world with specialists around the globe. The group is funding its work via a crowd-sourcing campaign on IndieGogo.

Christopher Hancock, MD, CEO of myMedImage, said, “We asked ourselves, ‘How could we solve the real world problem of sharing, storing and managing medical images for those who are remote, or lack access to specialists, or who live in places without established healthcare infrastructures?’ We came up with a solution that does all that and more—including access to the specialty care so many worldwide desperately need.”

The system displays images through a free, online vendor neutral archive, available via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The group hopes the system will help eliminate wasteful imaging, which the WHO estimates accounts for as much as 30% of all imaging. myMedImage has set a goal of $200,000, with the fundraiser set to expire on January 31, 2014.

For more information, visit myMedImage.