Enterprise image-viewers allow providers to access patient images no matter what their location or point of origination. With the addition of mobile support, patient image access can even happen from anywhere at anytime, allowing providers to collaborate and coordinate care. The benefits from the mix of mobile devices and enterprise-imaging not only accrue to clinical care, they can also have significant positive impact on both finances and marketing. Here are five ways that enterprise image-viewers can make hospitals and health systems more profitable and improve their brand image:
Over the past five years, hospitals and health systems have invested millions of dollars to implement electronic health records (EHR). Today 8 of 10 physicians have an EHR, but much of how they use them has been focused on meeting federal requirements for meaningful use. To give EHRs the clinical value and actual usefulness that providers expect, they need to be much more than data entry tools. For clinical use, physicians need EHRs that provide a full patient profile complete with images, medications, lab results and more.
Since 2002, when a Minnesota-based Acuo Technologies released the first vendor-neutral archive (VNA), PACS has been on a slow march to “deconstruction.” Deconstructed PACS include the same components of legacy, proprietary PACS -- an archive, a viewer and a worklist/workflow engine -- but each component exists as a separate, standards-based application that provides its core function with a high level of competency.
Integrating health IT with effective and efficient patient care delivery has not been an easy process. As a recent Harvard Business Review blog points out it, "[T]he [electronic health record], which was in part meant to liberate physicians from the drudgery of paperwork, instead became their chief oppressor."  With no option to return to a paper-based system, the industry’s focus is shifting towards improving physician workflows.
Data Drives Adoption
Doctors are data-driven, which is why supporting research and data on the use of new technology is so critical to its adoption. Research is particularly fundamental to using new technologies for patient care. Even when a technology’s benefits make intuitive sense, such as mobile devices’ ability to speed access to care, doctors won’t make a change in their practice without data, says Steven Levine, MD, Professor of Neurology and Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.
Here Are 9 Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision
If you’re headed to RSNA next week with the intention of looking for an enterprise image-viewer, you may want to take a moment to prepare because, according to Frost and Sullivan, the market is significantly expanding and you’ll have a lot of options to look at. Frost and Sullivan’s 2014 report on enterprise image-viewers predicts almost 45 percent growth in sales from 2013 to 2017 and more sales means more vendor offerings.
Health information exchanges, or HIEs connect hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and labs and allow them to safely and efficiently exchange patient information. Nebraska’s robust statewide HIE, the nonprofit Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), was founded in 2005 and now connects 62 percent of the state’s hospital beds. 
Coordinated Care Model
In early 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 50 percent of payments will be made through alternative or value-based payment models by 2018. One way for providers to implement value-based care is through an Accountable Care Organization, or ACO, a coordinated care model initiated by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. ACOs are networks of providers, including primary care, specialty practices, hospitals, pharmacies, imaging and diagnostic centers, that come together to lower costs and deliver better care through care coordination.
Bipartisan Push to Expand Medicare Coverage of Telestroke Will Save Lives and Money
In the U.S., someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death.  While 94 percent of these strokes occur in urban or suburban areas, these victims still don’t get the fast access to medical treatment that is critical to survival. Despite being located closer to hospitals and clinics, these patients still face the same barriers to care that their rural counterparts experience, including lengthy travel times and lack of access to stroke specialists.
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ICD-10 Increases Diagnostic Codes by 500 Percent, Radiology Included
On October 1 version 10 of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, or ICD-10, officially launched in the United States. Mandated by the World Health Organization, ICD is an international standard for diagnostic and other healthcare related codes that “governments, providers and consumers can use as a common language.” (1) The new set of codes replaces ICD-9, in use for more than 30 years, with codes that provide much-needed information for everyone involved in patient care to make better treatment decisions.