Sep 18

Big Data: Crunching The Numbers

Traditionally, doctors rely on research, experience, medical literature, and pure instinct when predicting patient outcomes with various treatment plans.  Be it that each patient is unique with distinctive characteristics, these methods are inherently flawed.  This approach does not take into account age, gender, race, nationality, or a variety of other factors that make each of us individual.  There is a solution though, and it has to do with, you guessed it….big data.

Doctors and patients are now crunching the numbers using medical calculators to better predict treatment and procedural outcomes. While these prognoses are obviously not a guarantee, they are much more accurate than the one-size-fits-all model.

How It Works 

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Sep 16

Radiologists, Is Your Writing Hurting Your Reads?

Solid writing skills are fundamental across a variety of industries.  The ability to seamlessly communicate through the written word is essential to many sectors of business. 

In the past, medicine was the exception. Doctors and hospital staff could use fragmented medical jargon to communicate with other healthcare professionals about shared cases.  However, with the newfound ability to access results through electronic medical records, patients can receive radiology reports at the same time as their primary care provider.  What does this mean for doctors everywhere? It’s time to brush up on those writing skills.

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Sep 12

Redundant Medical Imaging: The Numbers Behind The Trend

We live in a culture that promotes personal sharing. While the trend really escalated with the birth of Facebook, we have countless options for social sharing today. LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest, and Reddit are just a few examples from the extensive list of platforms accessible to us.  

People share everything– photos, videos, music, movies, you name it.  This is all made possible with today’s advanced cloud technology, and it seems as though nothing is impossible.

Why then, is it still difficult for us to transfer and share medical images?  We know, we talk about this topic a lot, but don’t doze off on us! We promise we are going somewhere new with it.  In fact, it’s time to put some stats behind our claims. 

Are you ready? The numbers will shock you.

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Sep 10

Apple Of Our Eye: Newest Products May Advance Healthcare

It happened yesterday! After much anticipation and hype, Apple unveiled their newest product line.  We weren’t disappointed. 

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus promise to be the sleekest and most advanced smartphones on the market.  Apple also announced the birth of their newest and smallest product, the Apple Watch.   

Being in the tech industry, we can’t help but be excited by these advancements.  Once again, Apple is blazing the path for the future of communication. While there is much to focus on from yesterday’s release, we took away two themes from the new products that are destined to affect and change the medical industry.

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Sep 08

The Internet of Everything and What it Means for Healthcare

Imagine living in a world of connected things that intelligently and intuitively respond to your needs and wants. From the clothes that you wear, the car that you drive, the places you live and work - imagine a world around you, where everything could seamlessly interact. This concept of hyper connectivity, where smart devices, personal clouds, wearable technology, and big data are all tied together via the Internet, is coined the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Sounds impossible? We might be closer than you think.

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Sep 05

Little Data In Healthcare: It’s Bigger Than You Think

You’ve read our blogs and you’ve heard us speak countless times about the benefits of Big Data in healthcare.  “Big Data has the potential to revolutionize healthcare.” “We’ve just begun to see its potential in medicine.”  

Undoubtedly, Big Data talks a big game. What you may not know is that big data would be nowhere without its sidekick, Little Data.   No, we’re not being cheeky.  This is a real concept, and it’s essential to your organization! 

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Sep 03

The HIE Results Are In : What Providers Actually Think Of This Concept

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are not a new concept in healthcare.  These systems have been in medicine for many years now, and the programs incentivizing their adoption are increasing.  While policy researchers and implementers are advocates of HIEs, it is difficult to know where medical professionals stand when it comes to this technology, until now. 

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Aug 29

The Case for Imaging in the Electronic Medical Record

Ask any physician, and they will tell you that imaging is a key component of the patient health record and is often critical to diagnosis and treatment.  Now, ask any physician who also spends a fair amount of time within the EMR, and you might just strike a nerve.

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Aug 28

Telemedicine: Is Our View Too Narrow?

As a relatively new concept in the healthcare industry, we have a pretty straightforward view of how telemedicine should be utilized.  In the fast-paced world we inhabit, telemedicine is a great way for patients to connect with their care providers to discuss mild medical aliments. It saves patients time by allowing them to blogimage2_(2)speak with doctors from the comfort of home.  Additionally, it increases traffic for the doctors and medical practices involved.  Overall, it’s a win-win, in the right context. 

Telemedicine will undoubtedly be around for years to come.  Still, as with most new technologies in healthcare, the adoption process for telemedicine devices, applications, and software has been slow. But, perhaps our view of this new technology is too narrow.  Is it possible that telemedicine has more practical applications, and that we have only begun to see a fraction of its full potential? 

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Aug 27

Look! There's Imaging in my EMR.

Have you ever wondered how to bridge the gap between your EMR and imaging systems? Or, how diagnostic studies can be accessed within the patient jacket?

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) hold great promise for providing clinicians everywhere with centralized access to a patient's entire medical history - every blood test, lab report, hospital stay, and of course, every medical image. 

Just five years ago, providing central access to imaging from within the patient record was near impossible. Fast-forward to today, and the solutions are in reach for every provider, large and small. 

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