• Predictive Analytics in Medical Imaging February 7, 2018

    The Hospital Value-based Purchasing (VBP) Program within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to incentivize healthcare facilities for improving the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries, following clinical best practices, and enhancing patient experiences.

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  • Image Sharing – It’s not what you think. January 24, 2018

    It’s not just about moving images around. It’s about enabling access to view all images, regardless of their origin. This is a need that is well understood in radiology. Clinicians require access to data in real time to understand the ever-evolving patient story. It can be a challenge because people – clinicians and patients – and data are constantly in motion. Images acquired at one facility ultimately must be viewed at another facility.

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  • Getting from data-management to data-driven. January 17, 2018

    Managing data from a host of PACS/VNA, modalities and healthcare information systems is clearly challenging. Trying to learn something about your organization based on that data can be even more so. When data is confined to proprietary systems, you can’t easily combine it to create a holistic view. And if you need reports from multiple systems, expect long turnaround times.

    When systems and data aren’t consolidated, the data can seem to be working against you – not for you. And healthcare leaders are sometimes left second-guessing business decisions. Without centralized access, getting the level of detail needed to make sound decisions is very difficult. But with consolidated access to data, you can run reports that automatically visualize contextual information for quick interpretation and trend analysis. 

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  • A new model for VNA implementation. January 10, 2018

    Traditional VNA implementations typically mean “rip and replace.” Key resources are diverted. Systems are disrupted. And a massive, costly data migration ensues. Eventually, you’ll reap the rewards of consolidated data. But find a comfortable chair and settle in, because it could be a long time before you start seeing those benefits.

    But not necessarily. If this is what you think consolidating your enterprise imaging systems has to look like – think again. You can achieve the long-term benefits of a consolidated infrastructure in the short term, without the disruption and without the same level of upfront expense. 

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  • Why consolidating and standardizing advanced visualization is not what you think. December 20, 2017

    It’s no secret that healthcare organizations need to do more with less these days. As value-based care gains momentum, so do initiatives to cut costs as well as improve operational efficiencies and clinical outcomes. From an advanced visualization perspective, many are evaluating their current infrastructure which often consists of disparate, dedicated workstations spread across radiology departments. And for multi-site organizations, advanced visualization applications are often adopted at a site level with local budgets. Even individual sites may have several different vendor systems. 

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  • The Learning Health System (LHS) is coming. November 6, 2017

    By 2025, US-based hospitals are required by the Office of the National Coordinator to have in place a ‘Learning Health System,’ meaning that the right data must be available to the right people at the right time in a way that can be relied upon and meaningfully used by clinicians. Such a system also requires individuals to securely share electronic health information to support informed decision making.

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  • Wide Column NoSQL VS. RDMS October 24, 2017

    In the Enterprise Imaging market today, Windows and SQL Server Relational Database Management System have become the mainstream players underpinning implementation-specific technologies popular in PACS and VNA deployments.   As the United States progresses toward the goal of a “Learning Health System” as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for 2022, we see a much wider breadth and more flexible set of requirements that are changing how the industry will implement both PACS and VNA or VNA-like technology inside the healthcare delivery organizations.  Scrutiny must be placed on implementations that can meet the new demands of lowering implementation and support costs while providing a scalable solution that addresses a Learning Healthcare System.

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  • Unlocking & Understanding Data – Hurdles Facing Healthcare Organizations Seeking to Embrace Evidence-Based Thinking October 17, 2017

    In the next 16 years, the worldwide population of individuals 65 years and older will increase more than 60 percent from 617 million to more than 1 billion.* The increasing pressures our aging population will put on the healthcare industry will challenge our delivery of quality, cost efficient care like never before. Healthcare organizations need to eliminate waste, streamline processes, and reduce errors all while improving patient outcomes.

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  • Data Maturity – How Imaging Enterprises Can Advance Their Use of Analytics October 10, 2017

    Maturity is always something to strive for – and data is no different.

    Maturity models can be a valuable guide in moving an imaging business forward in terms of their use of data analytics. It can provide a helpful roadmap toward deriving more value, and greater insight than in the past, says Geoff Clemmons, Enterprise  Analytics Marketing Manager at Vital Images.

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  • Evidence-based management – How imaging businesses can leverage data to make better business decisions October 5, 2017

    Geoff Clemmons envisions a day when imaging business leaders, gathered around a conference table, can call up critical financial, operational and clinical data immediately and use it in the moment to make an important business decision.

    It may be a reality that is not far away.

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