Oct 21

Mobile Devices: The New Normal in Healthcare?

It seems like only recently BYOD (bring your own device) was a novel concept in healthcare. The idea that medical information could be exchanged electronically between providers excited the industry. The ability to view patients’ medical images on a tablet device from any location was astonishing. Putting health information in the cloud for easy access?  This was the future.

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Oct 17

Ebola Outbreak: Putting Healthcare Technology to the Test

The Ebola outbreak has many of us on edge. The epidemic is no longer contained to one area; it has broken through continental boundaries, and is demanding that our healthcare systems to react quickly.

In the United States, the Ebola outbreak is putting healthcare technology to the test. It is proving that, as an industry, we still have some improvements to make when it comes to transferring patients’ medical information. 

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Oct 15

Big Data: The Future of Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are great, if you have the time and resources to complete them. 

It’s no secret that trials carry a high price tag, and can take years to finish.  With current technology, there is an alternative.  Can you guess the secret ingredient? Big data, of course!

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Oct 10

Personal Story: The Importance of Medical Imaging

Watching the football games this weekend, you may have noticed the fast moving blurs of pink on the field. These aren’t mere effeminate jersey enhancements. October, as many of you know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Less conspicuously, it is also Ultrasound Awareness Month. 

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Oct 06

Social Media: Doctors’ First Choice?

For years now, electronic health records have promised to be the future of collaboration in medicine.  With all their hype, doctors still have difficulty sharing patient health information across disparate institutions. 

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Oct 03

Announcing Two New Ways to Learn about Medical Imaging Technology

DICOM Grid launches resource library and knowledge hub 

Sharing is caring…and in healthcare, knowledge sharing is a powerful way to stay informed about the latest trends and advancements. As part of our mission to spread awareness about the impact of cloud technology and medical imaging, we think it's imperative to share what we know. Our loyal blog readers experience this first hand by following our posts to stay up-to-date on new trends in healthcare IT, and specifically medical imaging technology. 

Now, we want to let you in on a secret. As an extension of our blog, DICOM Grid recently launched two new online-learning destinations: DG Resource Library and Knowledge Hub. Here is a breakdown of how you can take advantage of all the new information! 

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Oct 02

3 Hurdles in Implementing Technology in the Healthcare Industry

We know that technology is key in the healthcare industry. You know it, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So if we all know it, why doesn’t the healthcare industry itself seem to know? 

Nearly 60% of physicians don’t use mobile technology for clinical purposes, and even more surprising than that, 78% of those claim that they don’t plan to in the near future. Unfortunately for those doctors and their patients, utilizing mobile technology improves care. It can enhance post-treatment understanding, provide better information to patients, and even improve healthcare overall by providing a better platform for tracking health trends.

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Sep 30

Wearable Technology: What About The Children?

Wearable technology is forcefully integrating its way into healthcare and shows no sign of slowing down. With Apple recently announcing its latest product launch, the iWatch is sure to keep this trend blazing. 

Individuals utilize wearable devices to conquer health and fitness goals.  While tracking this information is beneficial in itself, this technology also generates medical-rich data sets for doctors by monitoring patient information, like number of steps and heart rate. 

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Sep 26

Behind the Scenes: The Surprising Costs We’re Paying for Unnecessary Imaging

If we asked you to guess how much the United States healthcare system spends annually on redundant imaging, your estimates would probably be somewhere in the mid to high millions, maybe even low billions.  What if we were to tell you that this number is actually closer to $11.95 billion? Yes, billion. 

It sounds crazy, but let me connect the dots. A recent survey administered by Peer60, set out to identify just how much the healthcare industry is wasting on unnecessary CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and other imaging procedures.

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Sep 24

Interoperability: What’s With The Gridlock?

Complete interoperability is far from a novel concept in healthcare.  It’s something we have been hearing about for years, and it’s something we still are still aiming to achieve. 

In this new age of medical data management online, our promises of granting patients easy access to health records, connecting facilities globally, and popularizing Telemedicine are largely dependent on this concept of interoperability.  The future of healthcare hinges on our ability to connect healthcare systems worldwide.   So then, what’s the hold up? 

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