Jan 22

Having Your Cake & Eating It Too : A Hybrid Tale

We are often told that we can’t have it all. But guess what? When it comes to image management, you can! New hybrid models allow for an organization’s current image housing architecture to be seamlessly blended with an updated cloud platform.

Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid, recently stated that 2015 is the year the hybrid model will be pushed mainstream. He says, “ In 2015, more organizations will be looking to adopt hybrid architecture to solve the dilemmas of large-scale image management. Hybrid models provide an attractive and innovative option for institutions that want to maintain some data onsite, while gaining the flexibility and rapid iteration of the cloud.”

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Jan 20

Millenials: The Answer to Bringing Health Technology to the Forefront

The Facebook generation, the glued to their phone generation, the “ME ME ME” generation - the millenials.

Millenials have certainly received their fair share of criticism - just check out 2014’s Time article for an example! Last week we discussed how healthcare will adapt for aging baby boomers. Equally as important is considering how healthcare will be affected as millenials continue to enter and take over the workforce. Millenials may be the answer to the acceptance of interoperability and entirely integrating the healthcare system.

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Jan 15

Medical Images in the Cloud: Striking a Balance Between Privacy and Convenience

Healthcare is a people business, and collaboration among people is core to delivering effective care.  On the other side of the spectrum, we are also very sensitive about our health information because we value our privacy.  These two values can come into conflict when healthcare professionals are trying to provide care.  The easier it is to share and access information, the more likely it is that we will have good care outcomes.  At the same time, this also creates more opportunities for data leaks. Finding the right balance can sometimes feel like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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Jan 12

Aging Gracefully - The Impact of Baby Boomers on Healthcare

 

Following WWII a plethora of bouncy babies were born in the United States. Fast forward 55 years later and those babies have grown up! By 2030 there will be over 75 million Americans who are over the age of 65. This generation is living longer than its predecessors and with more chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and heart conditions.

Orthopedic surgeons will also face specific challenges as hip and knee replacement surgeries are in high demand. These surgeries have improved in technique over the last 10 years and produce longer lasting results. The baby boomer generation is considerably more active than that of their parents and expects to be back on their feet much more quickly.

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Jan 12

Interoperability in Imaging and Radiology

In health IT, we are talking about interoperability all the time. What does it mean to be entirely interoperable? At a high level, all healthcare systems must work together seamlessly. While we are years from this end goal, processes are currently underway that are helping to connect disparate parts.

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Jan 05

Back to the Blog: The Top Posts You Should Have Read in 2014

Hello All, and Happy New Year! The year 2015 is here; the year Marty McFly and Doc warned us about in Back to the Future.  It’s hard to say what they got right about the year to come, but one thing we know for sure is that the future looks perfectly bright for health IT. While we wait for our hoverboards and flying cars to become an everyday reality, let’s reflect back on our top posts of 2014.

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Jan 02

Hello, 2015! Celebrating the Top 10 Product Updates of the Year [Slideshare]

Ring in the New Year with these Dynamic Product Features 

2014 was a bang-up year for DICOM Grid...and now it's time to celebrate. Our product and engineering teams kept a tight schedule in order to deliver new feature goodness at an impressive four-week clip. As you can imagine, this lead to many new and important features throughout the course of the year.

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Jan 01

Does Telemedicine Work? A Sonographer's Story.

It's not every day that you can save a baby's life. I'm humbled to have experienced first-hand the power of telemedicine and how it has given my medical team the agility to reverse life-threatening complications in newborns.

My name is Doug Wuebben, BA, AS, RDCS (Pediatric and Adult). 

I perform cardiac ultrasound studies (Echocardiography, Echo for short) for Avera Sacred Heart Hospital health system in Yankton, South Dakota. My involvement in telemedicine began shortly after my career started with my current position, nearly 12 years ago.

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Dec 30

What to Expect from Health IT in 2015: 3 Trends to Keep Tabs On

As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on how healthcare IT has evolved over the past year. It was predicted to be the year of the wearable, and there has been many developments involving mHealth for both consumers and providers. As far as interoperability goes, at this point many providers have switched to some form of EHR, and many have worked all year to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.  This year health IT began looking beyond the simple collection of data to considering how to manage and utilize big data in healthcare. There is much to discuss regarding what might be coming next in 2015. So, what's around the corner? Below are three trends that will continue to be center stage.

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Dec 29

What’s New in mHealth: Recognizing its Growing Potential

Today, people have come to rely on their mobile devices for everything. Smartphones have allowed for applications and services to be created that can disrupt entire industries. Case in point, the controversial Uber. Others have exponentially increased convenience in the way that mobile banking and check scan saves people from having to stop at the bank every few days. Mobile has been recognized as a way to change and improve services in healthcare as well. On the heels of last month's mHealth summit there has been much discussion about what mobile can do for healthcare and patients, and what it will take for consumers to accept and embrace mHealth.

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