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Christ, 78 mil for an app that shares pictures. I must be the only one thinking this is money which could be used more wisely developing better medical equipment and generally solving real engineering problems.

Well, actually it's $1bn for an app that shares pictures. It's only worth that because people use it. 40 million people according to recent reports.

If you want resources spent on more serious stuff, you'll have to start by getting the general public to spend their time more seriously, because that's the root problem.

well, one of the technical challenges in medicine is how to share medical imaging between different hospitals and doctors. the current "PACS" systems that do that suck.

Instagram or something like that would be a neat way to accomplish that.

Turing completeness and all...

The reason why it is a hard problem is HIPAA regulations, not because of some deficiency with the PACS. Any social or semi-public solution would be instantly shut down.

Could you explain your thoughts on sharing images/use of PACS? I do IT work for an imaging center and would be interested in your experience with such software.

I've heard that sepia is all the rage in radiology reading rooms.....

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