Jul 18

The Importance of Medical Image Exchange

Sitting down to prepare for our monthly webinar, my thoughts strayed to the concept of purpose again. 

Medical image exchange is becoming more and more commonplace in healthcare, and for good reason.  It eases the burdens of administrative and medical staff. It grants sick patients easy access to their medical imaging exams.  It gives the parents of sick children one less thing to remember and worry about during the care process.  Still, it’s sometimes difficult to truly see the benefits, unless you get up close and personal.

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Jul 15

Mobile Medical Apps – Where Do They Stand Today?

Over a year ago, we wrote a post about the benefits of tablet devices in the medical world.  With the onset of these small systems, medical apps came pouring out of the woodwork, destined for download on doctors’ devices around the country. Today, with close to 100,000 known medical apps, doctors and patients can find apps for just about anything. 

What will the future of mobile health bring?  A recent article published in HITECH Answers gives some predictions about medical apps over the next five years.  It is suggested that in the coming years mobile apps will not be considered luxuries; instead, they will be fully integrated into the healthcare process. 

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Jul 11

The Benefits of Telemedicine

Telemedicine has been dubbed the future of healthcare, and for good reason.  Its possibilities are endless.  With current technology, telemedicine eliminates geographical barriers and grants access to medical services that otherwise would not be available in rural locations.  Additionally, it promotes and extends second opinion programs.  In emergency situations, telemedicine can also save lives. 

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Jul 10

Increase Patient Satisfaction, Increase Your Pay

A recent article released by Forbes, Doctors May Soon Be Paid For Not Making You Wait, discusses doctors’ compensations being directly linked to patient satisfaction. 

It is no secret that many doctors and hospitals are being paid based off clinical outcomes, replacing the traditional fees for service model. However, as more metrics are collected, doctors are increasingly being judged on patient satisfaction, and are getting paid for it!

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Jul 09

The Value in Implementing an Online Medical Second Opinion Program

It’s no secret that patients are spending an increasing amount of time on the Internet looking for medical advice. Some research even suggests that for 1 out of 3 Americans, the Internet is a diagnostic tool. 

Although it’s important for patients to trust their doctor’s advice, it’s equally important for patients to get better educated about their illnesses, in order to play a more active role in their care.

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Jul 02

The Purpose Behind The Technology

In a recent yoga class I attended, the instructor began speaking about purpose during the meditation portion of the evening. (This will relate back to medical image exchange, I promise.) She asked us to close our eyes and contemplate what we give back to the universe.  How do we help others, and in what ways are we imprinting our mark on the world?

In some professions, if you’re a doctor for example, it is pretty easy to see how you directly influence the lives of others.   Your day-to-day schedule includes saving people’s loved ones and healing the sick. 

In other lines of work, the way you give back may not be as obvious, but I guarantee there is a useful purpose to every occupation.

For me, a conversation with a patient solidified our endeavors at DICOM Grid. 

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Jul 01

KLAS Takes a Close Look at Medical Image Exchange

“Which image exchange vendors are delivering added value and functionality? Which vendors have earned high loyalty in today’s environment of consolidation and change?” These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a hospital CIO or CTO, who hasn’t asked these questions. If you’re wondering them yourself, you’re not alone.

In a recent performance report, Image Exchange 2014: Delivering Value in an Enterprise World, these were some of the questions KLAS, an independent research organization, set out to answer. After speaking to 193 providers from 166 organizations, KLAS compiled the first report of its kind in an effort to compare the industry’s leading image exchange vendors.

In total, KLAS profiled the offerings of seven vendors, and formally ranked four: DICOM Grid, DR Systems, lifeIMAGE, and Nuance (Accelarad). 

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Jun 27

Universal Medical Image Viewers: Creating A Feature Priority List

Yesterday, we covered the value of a browser-based, zero footprint medical image viewer.  When it comes to educating yourself in order to choose the best viewer for your organization, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

The more you know about universal medical viewers, the more likely you are to make the right choice for your organization, and the more satisfied you will be with your selection in the long run.

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Jun 26

What is a Zero Footprint Medical Image Viewer?

If you’ve recently attended any of the big radiology or imaging conferences, like SIIM or RSNA, you may have noticed a phrase strewn across vendor displays and collateral used to describe medical image viewers. Based on the title of this blog, you can probably guess the phrase I’m talking about: zero-footprint.  This term has sparked many questions, namely, what does it mean and why should I care? In this post, we’ll cover the benefits of browser-based, zero-footprint technology.  If you’re looking for a complete overview of the topic, download a copy of our new whitepaper which reveals what you need to know when evaluating medical image viewers.

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Jun 25

Medical Image Exchange: Why One More System?

When it comes to medical software, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  Healthcare organizations are forced to juggle several systems at once - PACS, RIS, EHRs, VNA, and modalities, to name a few.

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