Radiology Primary Use of Telehealth in Booming Virtual Care Industry

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Telehealth Services Expected to Grow to $1 Billion by End of 2017

Recent data from the American Telehealth Association[1] shows radiology leading the use of telehealth for patient care. About 20 million Americans benefitted by receiving care via telehealth and in 8 million of those cases the care was from radiology. In comparison, 1.9 million were cardiac monitoring cases, 750,000 were online primary care or urgent care sessions, 650,000 were neurophysiological monitoring cases and another 500,000 were mental health sessions.

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Tags: Telehealth Solutions, EHR

Today’s Enterprise Image Viewing Needs: Multi-Platform, Multi-Modality, Multi-Format and Multi-Departmental

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Digital patient imaging is in the midst of a sea of change. First, the use of digital patient imaging is expanding outside radiology into other clinical departments such as dermatology, ophthalmology, pathology and more, expanding both the modalities and numbers of images. At the same time, value-based care, cost pressures and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased the need to share patient images outside radiology. As these two trends rapidly advance, hospitals and health systems need to manage patient images across the enterprise, which requires new strategies and technologies.

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Tags: EHR

Answering the Complex Questions of VNA Implementation with an Enterprise Image Viewer

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Sep 30, 2016

The concept behind vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) appeals broadly to today’s healthcare providers: a non-proprietary archive of patient images of any type and any image-related data that can be accessed from any PACS or enterprise image viewer. With their promise of access to all images and image data regardless of provenance, VNAs are quickly becoming a central element of medical enterprise image management[1] strategies.

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Tags: EHR

Providers Go Mobile to Advance Healthcare Reform

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Mobile devices are playing an increasingly important role in clinical care, particularly as providers work to shift to value-based care. Sharing patient data, both to coordinate care and decrease duplicative imaging and testing, is a key component of value-based care. Today, providers recognize that smartphones and tablets make this patient data access convenient and efficient.

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Tags: Mobility

New Model for Stroke Care Brings the Hospital to the Patient

Posted by Josh Nash on Fri, Sep 9, 2016

In the United States, the 2015 rate of stroke incidence was just under 800,000 people a year. A particularly disturbing contribution to this statistic is the increasing number of strokes among those aged 50 to 55, which has resulted in a corresponding increase in hospitalizations[1]. With these changes, stroke is an increasingly important topic of concern for hospitals today as they focus on population health. One way that providers are improving care is to literally bring the hospital to the patient in a mobile stroke unit, or MSU.

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Tags: Mobility

Calgary Scientific Primed to Meet Growing Diagnostic Imaging Needs Across Asia

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Sep 2, 2016

The use of diagnostic imaging is increasing across the globe and the total market is expected to reach $45 billion by 2022.[1] Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing segment of this market due to many of the same issues that have impacted the growth of imaging in North America and Europe. These factors include growth in incidence of chronic disease, aging populations and government healthcare initiatives for the modernization of healthcare infrastructures.

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Leading Providers Rapidly Adopting Mobile Strategies for Clinical Care

Posted by Dave Waldrop on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Today’s hospitals have infrastructure and systems in place so users can share and access electronic patient data. Unfortunately, just because clinicians can share patient data with other providers does not mean they do so. In fact, recent news from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) shows that only 18 percent of providers use data from outside sources to treat patients. [1]

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Modern Security Tech Essential for Safe Mobile Access to Patient Health Data

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Recent headlines of healthcare security breaches:

  • Hackers breach 4,300 records at Massachusetts General Hospital.[1] 
  • Millions of patient records for sale on the dark web. [2] 
  • 11 million patient record breaches make June worst month for information security in 2016. [3]
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Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital’s Providers Deliver Clinical Care with Mobile Devices

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Fri, Jun 17, 2016

When Sajid Ahmed took the job as Chief Information and Innovation Officer at South Los Angeles-based Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) he realized he had been handed an extremely unique opportunity: The chance to design a health information technology platform for clinical care from the ground up. Ahmed was the second hire for a project to build a completely new facility to replace a hospital that had been closed in 2007.

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Millennials Shine Light on a Mobile Future for Clinical Care [Podcast available]

Posted by Jonathan Draper on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Studies of mobile devices and physicians show a continued growth of ownership and an increasing use at work. A 2015 study showed that 98 percent of physicians own a smartphone and 92 percent of them reported that they are useful for work. [1] Exactly how they use their devices while at work, however, differs significantly by generation. While every physician carries their smartphone with them today, the younger they are the more likely they’ll be pulling them out in clinical settings.

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