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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Aug 26

Big Data In The Limelight

Remember our blog discussing the potential of Big Data in medicine?  The time has come to finally see it in action!

Yesterday, it was announced that the FDA has granted approval of AliveCor’s algorithm to early-detect the serious heart condition, atrial fibrillation (AFib). We know what you’re thinking – how is this possibly compliant with HIPAA standards? It is!

Among other capabilities, AliveCor grants patients the ability to share their electrocardiogram (ECG) data anonymously in an effort to enhance heart health research and to help more people at risk.

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Aug 25

Medical Record Security: The Delicate Balance

You care about your patients. Their health and wellbeing are your primary concerns.  After all, that’s what you promised when you took the Hippocratic Oath some number of years ago.

Many doctors and healthcare professionals claim to care immensely about the security of their patients’ medical records. In today’s HIPAA-crazed medical industry, it’s necessary.

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Aug 15

Telemedicine: The New House Call

In an era where communicating with your friends, paying your bills, and shopping for a new wardrobe is commonplace online, it seems as though pretty much anything is possible in the virtual landscape.  

What about a visit with your doctor?  At this point, most people in the healthcare industry have at least heard of the concept of Telemedicine. 

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Aug 13

Review: Secure Medical Texting Applications

Since posting our blog last week, Medical Texting: There’s An App For That, in which we discussed the benefits of special messaging applications, we’ve had many people reach out to ask about specific medical applications they should be utilizing.  We’ve done research on a few of the top medical messaging apps in the industry.  Here’s what we found.  

hippomsg

First of all, Hippomsg is completely free to download and use. Doctors and healthcare professionals go through a quick registration process after downloading the app, and can instantly begin communicating.  It can be used across many platforms including Android, Apple and PCs.  With the vast network of care providers on Hippomsg, finding the person you are trying to communicate with is quick and easy.  Each provider is granted a unique profile, and a separate inbox for their medical related messages. From what we can tell, it seems intuitive and simple to use; but, don’t take our word for it.  Here is what one of their customers said: “hippomsg is easy and efficient.  It makes communication with the healthcare team instant and effortless.”

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Aug 08

Medical Texting: There’s An App For That

In today’s digitally connected world, people are glued to their smartphones.  The percentage of care providers utilizing these savvy devices increases each year. It comes as no surprise then that hospital staff often relies on standard text messaging as a way to get in touch with doctors during emergency situations.  In medicine, this is not always the best method.  In fact, there are many reasons this approach should be avoided all together.  Healthcare systems need to implement special messaging apps across the organization in order to achieve successful communication. 

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Aug 06

Supplementing your PACS with a Zero-Footprint DICOM Viewer

As I mentioned in last month’s post, zero-footprint viewing is one of the industry’s buzziest buzzwords. If you’ve recently attended any of the big radiology or imaging conferences, like SIIM or RSNA, you may have noticed the phrase strewn across vendor displays and collateral. But putting the hype aside, what’s the real value in zero-footprint? To sum up the value proposition in two words: universal viewing. 

Most image management strategies lack universal viewing capabilities – which enable viewing of medical images and reports at anytime, from any location.

What does this mean for your organization? Do you need to go out and replace your traditional PACS viewer and start from scratch? Of course not. Think of it this way - the purpose of a universal viewer is not to replace specialty workstations; rather, the intent is to deliver a wide-range of viewing capabilities to a broad audience.

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Aug 05

Accountable Care Organizations: The Future Of Healthcare

It is no secret that many medical professionals view Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as the future of healthcare.  With ACOs, connecting care providers, reducing the number of repetitive procedures, and keeping patients healthy becomes simpler within this expanse industry. 

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