Calgary Scientific’s blog
September 16, 2016
Mobile devices are playing an increasingly important role in clinical care, particularly as providers work to shift to value-based care. Sharing patient data, both to coordinate care and decrease duplicative imaging and testing, is a key component of value-based care. Today, providers recognize that smartphones and tablets make this patient data access convenient and efficient.
September 9, 2016
In the United States, the 2015 rate of stroke incidence was just under 800,000 people a year. A particularly disturbing contribution to this statistic is the increasing number of strokes among those aged 50 to 55, which has resulted in a corresponding increase in hospitalizations. With these changes, stroke is an increasingly important topic of concern for hospitals today as they focus on population health. One way that providers are improving care is to literally bring the hospital to the patient in a mobile stroke unit, or MSU.
September 2, 2016
The use of diagnostic imaging is increasing across the globe and the total market is expected to reach $45 billion by 2022. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing segment of this market due to many of the same issues that have impacted the growth of imaging in North America and Europe. These factors include growth in incidence of chronic disease, aging populations and government healthcare initiatives for the modernization of healthcare infrastructures.
August 12, 2016
By Dave Waldrop
Today’s hospitals have infrastructure and systems in place so users can share and access electronic patient data. Unfortunately, just because clinicians can share patient data with other providers does not mean they do so. In fact, recent news from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) shows that only 18 percent of providers use data from outside sources to treat patients.
July 15, 2016
Recent headlines of healthcare security breaches:
- Hackers breach 4,300 records at Massachusetts General Hospital.
- Millions of patient records for sale on the dark web. 
- 11 million patient record breaches make June worst month for information security in 2016. 
According to a report from Bitglass, up to 68 percent of these break-ins can be traced to device theft, making hospital IT managers ever more strict about using mobile devices to access patient data. 
With 70 percent of physicians relying on their mobile devices to manage patient data, however, providers believe they must choose between either open or closed networks. Health IT managers can either block physicians from using their mobile devices or they can increase their risk by opening enterprise networks to patient data. There is a third alternative: Working with health IT tools that provide the modern security required by the needs of today’s healthcare environments.
What modern mobile health IT tools need is built-in support for the following security technologies: