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June 17, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital’s providers deliver clinical care with mobile devices

By Jonathan Draper

When Sajid Ahmed took the job as Chief Information and Innovation Officer at South Los Angeles-based Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) he realized he had been handed an extremely unique opportunity: The chance to design a health information technology platform for clinical care from the ground up. Ahmed was the second hire for a project to build a completely new facility to replace a hospital that had been closed in 2007.

In 2014, mobile fever had taken hold of physicians, with 78 percent saying they were using iPhone or iPads at home and/or at work. Ahmed saw the writing on the wall and knew that mobile health IT would be the right platform to connect the right caregiver to the right patient in the right place at the right time. With no legacy systems to create technical stumbling blocks, Ahmed and his colleagues had the right environment to implement a completely mobile health IT system for delivering clinical care at the hospital.

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June 7, 2016

Millennials shine light on a mobile future for clinical care

By Jonathan Draper

In 2015, there were three times as many smartphones sold than there were babies born every day. With a statistic like that, it’s no wonder that mobile technology is redefining all sectors of 21st century society, including healthcare. Today, mobile access to patient information, diagnostic tools and provider-to-provider communication is transforming care delivery at hospitals.

In clinical care settings, mobile devices allow physicians to move their patient information with them as they see patients and confer with colleagues. With mobile access to electronic health records (EHRs) and patient images, providers can skip side trips to computer clusters or offices and concentrate on their time and focus on patients instead. Mobile devices’ always-on connectivity also make physicians more efficient by eliminating time spent logging in and out of computers and workstations to view patient records and images.

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May 27, 2016

Smartphones in clinical settings is a future that health IT departments need to address today

By Jonathan Draper

In 2015, there were three times as many smartphones sold than there were babies born every day. With a statistic like that, it’s no wonder that mobile technology is redefining all sectors of 21st century society, including healthcare. Today, mobile access to patient information, diagnostic tools and provider-to-provider communication is transforming care delivery at hospitals.

In clinical care settings, mobile devices allow physicians to move their patient information with them as they see patients and confer with colleagues. With mobile access to electronic health records (EHRs) and patient images, providers can skip side trips to computer clusters or offices and concentrate on their time and focus on patients instead. Mobile devices’ always-on connectivity also make physicians more efficient by eliminating time spent logging in and out of computers and workstations to view patient records and images.

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May 13, 2016

Face-to-face communication between radiologists and referring physicians improves patient care

By Jonathan Draper

For many years now, radiologists have practiced their speciality on workstations in reading rooms, sending reports to referring physicians via email or other hospital communications systems. Unlike the days of film and light boxes, when radiologists and referring physicians would discuss patient care while viewing images, today’s radiology workflow rarely includes face-to-face meetings with other providers and almost never involves interactions with patients. This workflow, however, is increasingly under pressure to change. New research shows that in-person communications between radiologists and referring physicians improves patient care.

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April 29, 2016

The value of interoperability: We’ve come a long way

By Lorelle Lapstra

I’ve worked in medical imaging for over 25 years and in that time I’ve seen the industry take amazing strides forward on the road to better patient care. When I compare today’s technology stack, the clinical breakthroughs, image quality and support for interoperability to where they were when I first began my career, it’s remarkable how far we’ve come. Industry players have matured from a proprietary, don’t share anything approach, to embracing standards and interoperability focused on improving patient care and cutting health care spending.

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April 15, 2016

SAR 2016 Conference attendees experience the future of radiology

By Jonathan Draper

Clinicians from Cleveland Clinic and UC San Francisco Discuss Using Enterprise Viewer at Annual Gathering

The impact of cross-platform and mobile access to patient images is changing the workflow of radiologists, including their professional conferences and continuing medical education (CME). At the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) 2016 annual meeting, BYOD support for accessing patient images played a significant role in the individual experience of participants. The conference’s “Small Bowel Imaging Hands-On Workshop” and Case of the Day program allowed attendees to experience how enterprise image access from laptops, smartphones and tablets will transform both their training and their day-to-day workflow.

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April 8, 2016

Peer-reviewed published research shows mobile devices support accurate image-viewing and interpretation

By Jonathan Draper

When providers and healthcare institutions look at adopting new technology into clinical practice, their first consideration is the impact on patient care. To find information and evidence that a new technology is safe and effective for patient care, providers turn to peer-reviewed, published research. These reports and studies of new technology provide supporting data and evidence that a new technology will improve patient care.

Research on using technology in life threatening situations, such as stroke care, is particularly important to clinicians. Telestroke, the use of telehealth technology for stroke care, has been thoroughly studied and is now widely accepted as a standard of care. One area of telestroke that has been studied in depth is the use of mobile devices for stroke patient scan viewing, interpretation and diagnosis.

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March 22, 2016

HIMSS 2016 buzz: Interoperability and the cloud

By Lorelle Lapstra

This year’s HIMSS was another massive event, leaving no doubt about the critical role that health IT continues to have in all aspects of healthcare. The 2016 show had 42,000 attendees and 1200 exhibitors; it was virtually almost impossible to get around the entire exhibit floor, not to mention the conference panels and education sessions. Rising above the noise were strong themes of interoperability and the increasing presence of the cloud, both of which shifted from topics of discussion to product demonstrations and implementation showcases.

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March 11, 2016

Study by leading health organization and Arizona State University researchers shows mobile image-viewers offer clinicians fast, accurate image access

By Randy Rountree

Mobile image-viewers have the power to increase provider access to images both internally and remotely, which can lead to faster interpretation/consultations and improved patient outcomes. Selecting an enterprise image-viewer, however, is a complicated process for clinical environments. In choosing the right clinical image-viewer, a multitude of factors must be considered including integration with existing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and other radiology information management systems, security, standards support, performance and more.

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March 2, 2016

Addressing incidental findings and patient follow up with collaboration

By Jonathan Draper

Advances in imaging technology and increasingly refined image quality is a double-edged sword for providers. While high-quality imaging systems offer a wealth of information for diagnosing and patient care, they also uncover incidental findings unrelated to the primary reason for the patient’s scan. Addressing and managing incidental findings, which occur in more than a third of CT scans make them hardly incidental, which is a matter of consistent concern for providers.

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February 19, 2016

FDA encourages interoperability – Factors for healthcare IT to consider

By Jonathan Draper

True Interoperability Must Be Designed

Every day, hospitals and health systems across the country struggle with exchanging patient data between electronic health records, PACS and other health information systems. In a recent survey, for example, accountable care organizations (ACOs) cited lack of interoperability as their number one challenge to achieving improved, patient-centered care. (1) To solve this problem, legislators, industry associations, public-private partnerships and more are calling for industry standards, frameworks and legislation that support simple and safe patient data exchange. On January 26th, the FDA joined this industry-wide chorus with the release of a draft guidance titled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission: Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices.”

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February 12, 2016

Telehealth 2016: All indicators point toward increased adoption for better patient care

By Lorelle Lapstra

For years, telemedicine has been regarded as a care delivery model for the future with extensive barriers to overcome. While many of these barriers — most importantly policy and reimbursement — persist, research and provider experience has proven that telehealth delivers better patient care, more effectively and less expensively. Today, while politicians debate expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth, providers focused on improving patient care are implementing telehealth delivery models.

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February 5, 2016

5 ways enterprise-wide imaging positively impacts the financial health and brand image of hospitals

By Jonathan Draper

Enterprise image-viewers allow providers to access patient images no matter what their location or point of origination. With the addition of mobile support, patient image access can even happen from anywhere at anytime, allowing providers to collaborate and coordinate care. The benefits from the mix of mobile devices and enterprise-imaging not only accrue to clinical care, they can also have significant positive impact on both finances and marketing. Here are five ways that enterprise image-viewers can make hospitals and health systems more profitable and improve their brand image:

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January 29, 2016

Intermountain Healthcare increases clinical value of EHRs with integrated enterprise image access

By Lorelle Lapstra

Over the past five years, hospitals and health systems have invested millions of dollars to implement electronic health records (EHR). Today 8 of 10 physicians have an EHR, but much of how they use them has been focused on meeting federal requirements for meaningful use. To give EHRs the clinical value and actual usefulness that providers expect, they need to  be much more than data entry tools. For clinical use, physicians need EHRs that provide a full patient profile complete with images, medications, lab results and more.

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January 16, 2016

Deconstructed PACS: Liberating patient images for modern radiology needs

By Jonathan Draper

Since 2002, when a Minnesota-based Acuo Technologies released the first vendor-neutral archive (VNA), PACS has been on a slow march to “deconstruction.” Deconstructed PACS include the same components of legacy, proprietary PACS — an archive, a viewer and a worklist/workflow engine — but each component exists as a separate, standards-based application that provides its core function with a high level of competency.

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Calgary Scientific, diagnostic imaging, enterprise image, HIPAA, mobile enterprise image viewer, PACS, radiology, ResolutionMD, telestroke, Triple Aim, vendor-neutral archive, VNA

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