Nov 17

Telemedicine Heats Up: Current Developments and Future Possibilities

There's a big push for healthcare that supports active involvement from patients and their families in the design of new care models and in decision-making about individual options for treatment. This concept, known as patient-centric care, is guiding recent developments within the industry. As a result, one area of medicine is really heating up. Telemedicine is on the rise, and is hopefully on its way to being integrated into every day healthcare.

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Nov 13

Securing Medical Imaging in the Cloud [New Whitepaper]

Ask any clinician or patient who relies on access to diagnostic imaging, and they will tell you that it is a key component of the health record. Regardless of your organization’s size or specialty, reliable, quick, and universal access to clinically rich imaging data is essential across the entire care continuum. Therein lies the rub. The traditional way of managing information in departmentalized PACS is falling short. The closed loop design of these systems combined with data exchange on CDs and VPNs leaves much to be desired.

When properly deployed, new technology for storing and sharing data helps to overcome the challenges associated with traditional PACS architecture and point-to-point distribution methods. Cloud-based solutions for medical image management are specifically designed to make the process of storing and sharing data easier, more productive, and more accessible for administrators and physicians alike. While improving clinical and operational efficiencies is of upmost importance, in the medical world, security is where the rubber meets the road.

As new technology pushes aside traditional methods of sharing and storing data, one question remains: how is everything secured?

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Nov 13

Healthcare Cloud Services: 5 Uses You Didn’t Know About

This is a repost of an article written by our CEO, Morris Panner, and published by HealthIT Security, your source for Healthcare News and Advice on HIPAA Compliance, BYOD, Data Security, Patient Privacy and Data Breaches for Hospitals and Providers.

Healthcare cloud services are opening up endless, new windows of opportunity for providers and patients alike. It’s no secret that today’s healthcare industry has become more digital, more collaborative, more patient-centered and more data-driven than ever before.

While the sector’s technology infrastructure and systems have traditionally been highly fragmented across the industry, healthcare professionals around the globe are quickly learning from other industries, including financial services, how to harness the cost and agility benefits of the cloud.

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Nov 11

The Push for Increased Transparency in Healthcare

Recently there has been a major push towards transparency in the healthcare system. In the realm of Health IT, much of the innovation focuses on increasing accessibility, and ultimately transparency. While technology is continuously trying to improve this, there are still many issues with the way this system works, especially when it come to healthcare costs.

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Nov 03

Changes at the ONC: What this means for Interoperability

The need for complete interoperability in healthcare is much-discussed issue, and one that many would agree needs a plan in order to be accomplished. This has been a generally accepted opinion, and in fact, it is widely noted that interoperability is taking way too long.

Recent events have brought this issue to the forefront as the coordinator of the ONC, and a leader in the move towards interoperability Dr. Karen DeSalvo, will be leaving her post at the organization. While she will still have a role at ONC, she will no longer be leading the ONC causing questions to arise regarding the future progress of interoperability, as there have been many recent changes in leadership.

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Oct 28

Imaging Innovation: New Imaging Method Could Aid in Earlier Cancer Detection

Technology innovation is impacting every aspect of our lives, and in the field of medicine this rings true in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. As cancer continues to evolve, so does the approach for detecting and managing the disease. One such example is a new and potentially groundbreaking imaging technique, which could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies.

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Oct 23

Big Month for Big Data: National Institute of Health Invests in Data Utility

Big Data has been recognized in the medical community as being able to provide immeasurable opportunities for medical research. Here on the blog, we’ve previously discussed the Big Data breakthrough and its relevance to cloud-based imaging. Recently, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced it would be investing close to $32 million in research and strategies for utilizing Big Data, granting the medical community more insight into how Big Data can augment medical research.

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Oct 23

Chaos Begets Order : New Technology Trends Emerge Due To Ebola Outbreak

Chaos begets order.  It’s not a new concept, and the recent Ebola outbreak is no exception. In times of crisis, the world unites to protect humankind and shares resources, recognizing there are universal challenges outside of our human-set boundaries.  New technological trends emerge to combat tumultuous situations and existing technology experiences a rapid adoption period.

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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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