As we wrap up 2014, I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made. We’ve had another record revenue year and acquired a number of significant new customers, including a huge win at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, we continued to significantly advance our core technology platform, PureWeb®, and have added tremendous new functionality to our leading healthcare enterprise-viewing solution, ResolutionMD®.
Medical Imaging trends and technology.
Stroke care is extremely time-sensitive; minutes can mean the difference for patients between recovery and permanent disability, or even death. Patients in rural areas, or even city boroughs, who don’t have local access to a stroke specialist waste precious time getting transported to specialists’ care. With stroke care “time is brain.”
For the past 20 years, telestroke has offered a solution to this problem, linking local doctors via video conferencing systems with stroke specialists to consult on patient care. A 2013 study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences concludes, “Stroke patients treated at telestroke hospitals had a significantly lower mortality rate than those treated at non-telestroke hospitals, with the same cost of care.” 
As health care operations transform to comply with the Accountable Care Act (ACA), an equally powerful and broad shift in the delivery of patient care is gaining strength: telehealth.
Online learning has fundamentally changed the way many people initially gain and enhance skills. Enabled by easy-to-use technologies, “e-learning” provides flexible training options for professionals who need to keep up with their day-to-day work schedule while staying atop the latest developments in their industry.
Early desktop applications were targeted at automating existing manual processes. Take Computer Aided Design, which made it possible to create, edit and save a drawing digitally - imagine the countless hours spent doing this on paper. In healthcare, early telehealth applications linked patients and doctors without an office. But while each made things more efficient, they didn’t fundamentally change what could be done.
CMS reimbursement update and impact
In July of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a fee schedule update that expands reimbursable telehealth services to include annual wellness visits and psychotherapy. Industry groups from the American Medical Association to the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association have released official statements supporting the changes. Reimbursement is consistently cited as a primary barrier to telehealth adoption and any expansion of covered services is good news, particularly coming from CMS which pays health care costs for 50 million Americans through Medicare.
Stroke care is a race against time. A stroke comes on quickly and effective stroke treatments need to be administered within a three-hour window. In the “stroke belt,” an area of high-stroke mortality which extends across the southeastern U.S. as far western Texas, stroke mortality is 40 percent higher than the rest of the country. Why? In this part of the country, most patients live far enough from a primary stroke center to make timely care a critical issue.
Recent FDA Guidance for Mobile Medical Devices and Apps
On August 1st, the FDA released new rules that exempts many medical applications created for mobile devices from its regulatory scope. In general, the new rules are targeted at consumer applications and devices that the guidelines say are “sufficiently well understood and do not present risks that require premarket notification review to assure their safety and effectiveness,” such as thermometers and stethoscopes.
Mobile Healthcare Data Security Trends
Doctors love their iPads and their iPhones: 87 percent of providers use mobile devices in their workplace for communications, access to information sources and to run clinical software applications.  This trend is a boon for healthcare innovation. With such wide spread use, mobile devices are a ready-made platform for modernizing patient-provider communications, provide-to-provider consultations and more.
Written by Greg Girard, Director of Product Management - HealthCare.
If you’re a health IT manager struggling to get doctor’s to embrace health IT, Kyle Hall is the guy you want in your corner.
“I have a real passion for finding the right technology that makes physicians’ jobs easier,” explains Hall, who is the telehealth coordinator for The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC) located in Omaha, NE. “What really hooks me is seeing doctors react to the technology when I demonstrate how simple and effective it is.” Hall, who has worked on the frontlines providing PACS support in clinical settings, knows that the road to a successful health IT implementation is delivering what physicians really want and need, while minimizing the impact on IT resources.