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Restoring Real-Time Peer-to-Peer Communication Between Providers Makes Care Coordination Possible

Posted by Greg Girard on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Fragmentation of care is a major flaw in the current health care system. One of the goals of health care reform is to remedy that fragmentation by improving patient care coordination. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), for example, require that providers understand how their patients are using health care services and communicate with other providers about their patients’ care. Experts agree that one key element of coordinated care is direct, peer-to-peer communications which has largely disappeared from today’s health care delivery environments. (1)

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Tags: Healthcare IT, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Telehealth Solutions, Enterprise Image-Viewer, Collaboration

A Simple Interoperability Solution to the Complex Needs of Today’s Large Hospital Systems

Posted by Greg Girard on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Hospital systems across the country are looking for ways to operate more effectively and efficiently in the wake of sweeping changes created by the Affordable Care Act. Mergers and acquisitions offer one road for hospitals to cope with this new healthcare climate. In 2012 there were 105 hospital mergers, a 100 percent growth rate over hospital merger numbers from 2005 to 2006.[1] Indicators show this trend continuing: mergers and acquisitions increased 10 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to first quarter 2013.[2] This provider consolidation has created giant hospital systems, some of which rival Fortune 500 companies in size, with equally large health IT infrastructures.

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Tags: Healthcare IT, Interoperability, Enterprise Image-Viewer

Angelina Jolie, Eric Topol and the Democratization of Health Care Through Patient Access to Personal Health Information

Posted by Randy Rountree on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

What will the average patient have in common with Angelina Jolie in the near future?

Like Jolie, who in 2013 opted for a double mastectomy based on a positive test for the BRCA1 gene, patients will make critical health care decisions based on access to and understanding of their health care data. This shift of power from doctor to patient is the topic of Eric Topol, MD’s new book “The Patient Will See You Now.” In it Topol writes that Jolie  “symbolizes the new era of medicine, whereby access to critical information about oneself, leads to the individual’s empowerment to make a pivotal choice that determines one’s fate.” (1)

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Tags: Healthcare IT, Mobile, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Trends, Cloud based Applications

Coming out of the Reading Room: Radiologists Look to Bring Images and Greater Value to Referring Physicians and Patients

Posted by Randy Rountree on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Like every other sector of health care, the practice of radiology is being profoundly impacted by reform. Radiologists in particular are feeling the squeeze of the Affordable Care Act and other health reform initiatives in the area of payment reform. While imaging is a critical element of patient care, radiology’s fee for service payment model doesn’t mesh well with declining reimbursements and health care reform’s focus on value. Radiologists work behind the scenes of patient care, overseeing the generation of patient images, reading and interpreting them and then providing reports to referring physicians, most often without direct contact with either the referring physician or the patient. When radiologists stay in the reading room, their value to the patient care cycle remains hidden as well.

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Tags: Radiology Viewer, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Imaging

2015... A Year for Pure Decisions on the Go

Posted by Pierre Lemire on Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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®.

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Tags: Cloud Enablement, Big Data, PureWeb, Data Visualization

Mobile Telestroke Set to Have Major Impact on Patient Care in 2015

Posted by Randy Rountree on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

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.” [1]

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Tags: Telehealth Solutions, Enterprise Image-Viewer, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, telestroke

An Explosion of Telehealth Applications: 90 Percent of Providers Entertaining Offerings

Posted by Greg Girard on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

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.

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Tags: Telehealth Solutions, Trends, telestroke

Massachusetts General Hospital Simulates Radiologist Work Environment with Online Training Platform

Posted by Randy Rountree on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

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.  

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Tags: Healthcare IT, Radiology Viewer, FDA Clearance, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Online Learning

Could Apple’s HealthKit be the Tipping Point to Mobile-First Applications?

Posted by Michael Colombo on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

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.

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Tags: Enterprise Imaging, Healthcare IT, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging

As Telehealth Payment Reform Inches Forward, Technology Speeds Ahead to a Future of Connected Health

Posted by Timi Leslie on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

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.

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Tags: Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Telehealth Solutions, telestroke

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