Jul 31

The DoD's Mega-EMR Contract and the Future of EMRs

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Defense announced the winner of their Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract. News surrounding the announcement and the events building up to the historic contract garnered much attention; behind headlines touting the contracts multi-billion dollar value, articles highlighted nationwide concerns about the effective integration of EMRs within practices and enterprise healthcare institutions. Many smaller practices searching for their first EMR or a replacement for their current EMR may wonder — What does the DoD’s mega-EMR contract have to do with my own? The answer to this question lies within the distinct criteria the DoD applied in their quest for a new EMR and also within recent trends the healthcare market has witnessed with regards to them.

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Jul 28

Best Health Apps of 2015 For Physicians & Patients

According to a recent report from Gartner, more mobiles phones than computers were shipped last year – 1.8 billion versus 300 million.

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Jul 27

Goodbye to MRI and PET Images? A New Way to See the Brain

If all goes to Lihong Wang’s plan, complex images of the brain will be photographed using only light and sound. Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University, calls himself a “toolmaker,” and already has created technology that can detect a single cancer cell in the bloodstream, and a camera fast enough to capture objects moving at the speed of light. 

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Jul 22

Are We Being Ultra-Safe with Ultrasound?

It used to be that the first photos ever taken of an individual occurred after birth. However, on social media today, we frequently get a good look far before the child is even born. Unsure how to respond? 

A Wall Street Journal article highlighting recent information compiled by FAIR Health Inc. may have the answer. The article concludes that, “enough is enough” at least when it comes to ultrasound and sonogram imaging exposure.
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Jul 21

3 Reasons Why Patients Need Control Over Their Medical Images

You’ve probably had medical images taken sometime in your healthcare past. Whether it was for a sprained ankle, teeth x-rays, or something more serious, do you know where those images are now? Maybe you have them on a CD, bulky film print outs, or maybe, like most of us, you have no idea where they are.

As a patient, it’s in your best interest to keep track of your images, for reasons highlighted below. And as a health provider, delivering a way for your patients to have more control over their images is a benefit you can offer to encourage patients to choose your practice. Below, I highlight 3 reasons why patients need control over their medical images.

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Jul 17

Health IT Leads to Preventative Care Improvements

Prevention may be key, but it’s often easier said than done. It’s not easy for an exhausted nurse or physician to constantly keep up with hand washing at the hospital. It’s not easy for patients and physicians alike to monitor chronic conditions. And it’s not easy for physicians and patients to keep medical imaging in order to track new changes or developments and avoid duplicate procedures. Health IT improvements are working to better organize health data, set reminders, alert physicians when critical care is needed, and reduce unnecessary medical procedures. 

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Jul 16

The Four Pillars of Medical Image Management in the Cloud

The W.A.V.E philosophy is a strategic approach to helping organizations develop a solid framework around imaging. At the foundation of our approach are software, services and support, which combine with the four pillars of image management (Workflow, Archiving, Viewing and Exchange) to ensure you receive the right image, at the right place, and the right time.

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Jul 14

3 Common Medical Image Management Scenarios and How to Fix Them

If you’re running an image intensive practice, there’s no doubt you want to make processes as efficient as possible. But with traditional methods of viewing, sharing, and storing images, things can get messy.

Cloud-based solutions can help. Not only can they be more cost effective and easy to use, they’re a good solution for the challenges of today’s world, like Meaningful Use and VNA. Read on for 3 common medical image management scenarios that you might encounter at your practice, and learn how the Cloud can cure them. 

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Jul 10

Need a New PACS? Check out the Cloud.

Instant information sharing is a critical part of our society today. Just this morning, our VP of Sales learned how to use Snapchat for the first time so that he could stay connected to his friends. It’s not only in our personal lives that on-demand image sharing has become critical; it has become a necessity for success in today's healthcare marketplace as we move in a direction of enhanced interoperability.

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Jul 08

The Age of Fitness Trackers

Fitbit… AppleWatch… Jawbone — Oh my! The age of personal fitness trackers is upon us and judging by its rapid growth, it is here to stay. Worldwide, healthcare is experiencing a massive shift in the way patients and physicians are interacting with medical records and information. Technology and Federal Regulations are among the many driving forces serving to reshape the medical industry; growing technological innovations such as Cloud technology and fitness trackers are inspiring a new era characterized by interactive, patient-centered care. With home health technologies projected to skyrocket — jumping from 14.3 million worldwide in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020 — the ability for patients to access images, information, and updates is no longer a luxury but a necessity. As fitness trackers, Cloud technology, and other innovations continue to improve upon the immediacy and ease with which patients can access personal medical records, physicians and consumers alike are being prescribed an entirely new patient care experience.   

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