- Nuclear Medicine: The last frontier for advanced visualization. May 9, 2018
Many hospital systems and imaging centers have moved toward the enterprise-level data access of advanced visualization (AV). For more than a decade, they’ve reaped the benefits of improved workflows by providing radiologists with real-time access to images captured through modalities such as CT, MRI, PET, PET/CT, SPECT, US and XA.Read More
- Move over. The healthcare consumer is taking the wheel. April 3, 2018
With smartphones setting today’s standard for instant information, consumers’ expectations for data access are high. This, of course, includes their own healthcare data. Whether the data is generated inside or outside the healthcare system, consumers want to see it instantly. Add to this the recent demands for interoperability and connectivity coming from The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for HIT, as well as laws like the 21st Century Cures Act, and you have a healthcare system in which the consumer is sliding into the driver’s seat.Read More
- Making workflows work. March 20, 2018
One of the challenges to successful implementation of an enterprise imaging strategy is workflow design. As hospital systems adopt enterprise imaging, they are faced with the inherent disparate workflows associated with various legacy PACS.* While standardizing workflows can lead to efficiencies, there are circumstances in which customizing workflows by department can benefit both provider and patient.
When workflow customization is dependent on a new software release from a PACS vendor, however, it can be a slow process. The key is to move the customization process from the vendor to the healthcare provider.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More
- 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.Read More