What makes you so special, DICOM?

Back in May 2011 I was talking to a doctor at The Guardian’s sadly short-lived Health Network show in London.  We were talking about what Enterprise Content Management actually meant, and specifically about what sort of content OnBase by Hyland could manage.

“Everything…” I said.  “Any unstructured information.  Whatever doesn’t fit comfortably into the rows and columns and tables of a database.  Your EMR is for your discrete patient data.  Your ECM system is for all of the unstructured information that completes that record: the letters, the photographs, the diagnostic outputs, the scanned paper…”

“So, what about medical images?” he asked.  “What about DICOM?”

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