• Three medical imaging strategies to help overcome interoperability roadblocks in healthcare

    When the 21st Century Cures Act final rule published on May 1, the countdown to compliance deadlines began.¹

    For years, organizations have used picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) as a way to store and call up images for reading. Integrating these images into the electronic health record (EHR) was an important step toward Meaningful Use in the 2010s.

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  • Radiology Reimagined: How Leaders Can Create the Right Environment for Remote Access

    Up until about six months ago, the idea of having radiologists work remotely wasn’t on the radar for most organizations. In fact, many were strongly opposed to it.

    That, of course, was before Covid-19 turned healthcare on its head, and strategic plans were thrown out the window. Virtual visits spiked dramatically and telecommuting became the norm — even for areas like radiology and pathology that many believed couldn’t be done remotely. At least, not as effectively.

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  • The Three Essentials of PACS Integration Through Enterprise Imaging

    The Three Essentials of PACS Integration through Enterprise Imaging.

    The patient story is an ever-evolving and complicated driver in healthcare.

    Patients move their care between hospitals and regions due to different service requirements, different illnesses or injuries, and the location of specialists and equipment.

    As a result, patient data is constantly shifting and changing. It is forever in a state of flux and must be updated with the latest information. New medical images are acquired from various sources, whether it be computed tomography images, ultrasound scans, videos of surgeries, or photos of a wound taken on a cell phone in an emergency room.

    This has implications for a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) and requires the integration of PACS spread throughout a healthcare enterprise.

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  • Reasons to Adopt Enterprise Imaging

    Improved Patient Care

    Patient care is paramount, and when enterprise imaging is adopted, quality of care can be elevated. It’s also important to note that today’s culture has shifted away from simply diagnosing and treating the sick. Today’s healthcare culture is primed for an emphasis on proactive and preventive care. Enterprise Imaging software shown on ipad with two physicians

    The current EHR and PACS require clinicians and providers to search through multiple systems to get acquainted with a patient’s medical history and profile. Crucial diagnoses could potentially be missed because the information was too buried or in too many disparate systems to be found and reconciled.

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  • Clinical Efficiencies Solved by Enterprise Imaging

    How to Know When You Need a Modern EI Implementation.

    Common Challenge: Wasted staff hours due to workflow inefficiencies associated with importing images from DVD.

    Clinical Efficiencies Solved by Enterprise Imaging - Image (Vital Images)

    The scenario is common across healthcare delivery organizations when disparate PACS systems create an inability to easily exchange images. Instead, outdated systems require images to be imported from a DVD or other physical storage mechanism. Because this is cumbersome, a provider is often forced to order a repeat exam that is not medically necessary. This, in turn, creates delays in treatment while waiting for additional images. Physician and patient dissatisfaction results, as care is slow and cumbersome, and the cost of testing is unnecessarily increased.

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  • FAQ: How Enterprise Medical Imaging Plays a Role in Interoperability and Telemedicine

    With the arrival of COVID-19 on the world stage, interest in telemedicine and interoperability has surged in the recent months. It can literally be a lifesaver, potentially allowing doctors and patients to connect remotely and help prevent spreading the disease. The ability to digitally share patient data and medical images can be critical to the doctor-patient interaction.

    Enterprise imaging plays an important role in facilitiating image sharing via telemedicine. We’ve answered some common questions about how this technology supports virtual visits and medical image sharing on behalf of patients and providers.

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  • Considering a PACS Healthcare System Replacement? Look Further to Enterprise Imaging

    The imaging and data needs of healthcare organizations are ever-changing, as new technology and mandates shape the future of care.

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  • Stats You Need to Know About the State of Interoperability

    Interoperability is a goal of many health systems as they work to give patients better access to their data and improve internal workflows.

    This vision includes patient access to medical information from the device and app of their choice. Providers can seamlessly share information between systems to have a fuller picture of a patient’s health history.

    Governing this future is the 21st Century Cares Act, which includes final interoperability rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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  • Accelerate Your Existing Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)

    In healthcare organizations, picture archiving communication systems, or PACS, have been the foundation of medical imaging. However, as the digital transformation of healthcare and the world progresses, PACS are being phased out in favor of vendor neutral archives (VNAs).

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  • Enterprise Imaging Strategies and Challenges for Digital Transformation

    Recently, Gartner released a report on imaging content management in healthcare. In the comprehensive guide, Gartner outlines several challenges facing healthcare enterprises today, while also defining several actionable steps organizations can take to fill the existing enterprise imaging gap.

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