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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

Mobile Telehealth Shaves Critical Minutes from Stroke Onset to Treatment

Posted by Randy Rountree on Wed, Sep 3, 2014

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.

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Tags: Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Telehealth Solutions, telestroke

FDA Clearance: are your mobile applications being used for diagnosis without it?

Posted by Pierre Lemire on Fri, Aug 15, 2014

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.

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Tags: FDA Clearance, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Enterprise Image-Viewer

The Most Secure Mobile Data isn’t Mobile At All

Posted by Pierre Lemire on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

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. [1]  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.    

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Tags: Enterprise Imaging, Healthcare IT, Medical Imaging, Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Enterprise Image-Viewer, health information security

Implementing Telestroke Diagnostic Image Viewing on a Mobile Telehealth Platform: Just What the Doctor Recommended

Posted by Greg Girard on Wed, Jul 30, 2014

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.

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

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