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.  


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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Aug 01

New Wearable Technology May Help Patients In A Shocking Way

Here at DICOM Grid, we’re what you could call technology “geeks”.  As part of that passion, we like to stay on top of and highlight new gadgets, even if they are not our own. We often discuss new products that provide patients with better control over their health data, and today something unique caught our eye.

So, what’s on our radar? In one word: Pavlok. Pavlok is the name of the wearable wristband that will punish you if you do not complete a task or a set goal. 

How It Works

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Jul 28

How to Share Medical Images During Patient Transfers

There are many times when your staff may need to transfer a patient to another medical facility. Perhaps the patients’ family wants a second opinion, or another care facility offers more specialized care. Whether the end destination is another hospital, clinic, rehabilitation center, or long-term care center, when you transfer a patient, there is typically a specific protocol that needs to be followed in order to ensure patient safety.

There are countless ways to make the process seamless. One area that can cause a bottleneck is handling medical images and transmitting them to the new institution. Due to large file sizes and formats, medical imaging can be the most difficult part of the patients record to transfer. 

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Jul 23

Lessons In The Face Of Tragedy

The date will be remembered forever.  April 15, 2013. Bostonians, along with the rest of the nation, banded together after the tragic attacks at the Boston Marathon.  

Heroes were born that day, rushing towards the explosions to help victims.  People joined forces amongst the chaos to help those in need.  In this emergency situation, surrounding hospitals required all hands on deck to aid the rush of injured individuals coming through the doors. 

A recent study, released by the 2 Minute Medicine, is now looking back to identify radiology workflow bottlenecks during this massive causality incident.   

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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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