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2018 HIT Leaders,PACS

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2018 best picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) – HIT Leaders Awards

HIT Lists graphic image.Our staff polled clinicians on today’s most effective picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) solutions to determine which product/service line yields the most effective results from their day-to-day use. We asked about hardware imaging machines; secure networks for the distribution and exchange of patient images; workstations or mobile devices for viewing, processing and interpreting images; and electronic archives for storing and retrieving images and related documentation and reports; and cost. We surveyed 21 separate solutions. Below are the top 10 HIT Leaders for 2018.

  1.  @INFINITThealth
  2.  @Intelerad
  3. @SectraNews
  4.  @MergeHealthcare
  5.  @Carestream
  6.  @NovaradCorp
  7.  @FujifilmHealth
  8. @AgfaHealthCare
  9.  @PhilipsHealth
  10.  @GEHealthcare

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Carestream Health earns high marks* in KLAS Enterprise Imaging Report for healthcare IT offerings

Carestream Health earns high ratings* for its vendor-neutral archive and universal viewer in the recently released KLAS Enterprise Imaging 2016 Report. Carestream tied with one other vendor for offering “the strongest and most consistent out-of-the-box image management functionality,” according to the report. Carestream’s FDA-cleared Vue Motion also was highly rated* in the universal viewer category and it “integrates well with the Carestream VNA and various service lines,” according to the report.

KLAS has a longstanding reputation for accurately and impartially measuring vendor performance. The company’s reports represent the combined opinions of people from provider organizations comparing how vendors, products, and/or services performed when measured against the participant’s objectives and expectations.

According to the report, Carestream’s Vue Archive “is easy to use, the training is effective and the solution consistently works well.” One chief information officer quoted in the report said, “The VNA is amazing. Tertiary hospitals call us and ask us how we are getting the clinical notes, reporting and imaging sent over to them in a readable format. That makes us feel good considering our size and ability to send things upstream. The VNA is doing exactly what I had planned for it to do.”

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Carestream awarded U.S. government DIN-PACS IV contract to provide medical imaging management systems and services

Carestream Health has been awarded a new DIN-PACS IV (Digital Imaging Network-Picture Archiving and Communication System) contract from the U.S. government with a potential value of up to $150 million in purchases of medical image management products and services for government facilities. Carestream has been providing products and services under a previous DIN-PACS contract for the past five years.

The new contract involves industry-leading healthcare IT products including Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform (video link), Vue Motion universal viewer, MyVue patient portal and Vue Beyond management dashboard.

“Carestream continues to work closely with clinicians and medical staff at government healthcare facilities to equip them to deliver timely, personal care for patients and their families,” said Ludovic d’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions. “We have a reputation for excellence in medical image management technologies, and our proven solutions are installed in commercial and government facilities in the United States and around the world.”

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Refreshing HIMSS EMRAM requirements – Part 2


Lorna Green, Lead Customer Advisor, Hyland, creator of OnBase

In part one of Refreshing HIMSS EMRAM Requirements, we discussed how the HIMSS Analytics Acute Care Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) is more than a decade old and about to be refreshed.

John Hoyt, executive vice president emeritus of HIMSS Analytics, outlined why extensive changes now are needed; provided an overview of some of the overarching adjustments; and drilled down to the details of the changes associated with specific stages.

Under Stage 1, healthcare providers previously were required to supply results from radiology, laboratory and pharmacy systems online. The new requirements add results from picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) to the list.

“PACS, which used to be in Stage 5, is now in Stage 1. PACS is no longer an evolving product. It’s really mature with massive market saturation. In fact, there’s a replacement market in place,” Hoyt said, pointing to the fact that technology implementation has changed significantly in the past decade.

To earn Stage 2 recognition, organizations still need to install and maintain a clinical data repository. However, under the revised definition, users must be able to sign in once to access information from multiple context-aware systems, which is not uncommon in large university hospitals in Europe.

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November 29, 2016

Image sharing supports Triple Aim’s goal of lowered costs

By Josh Nash

This post is the last in a series that addresses how enterprise image access and viewing, using a mobile enterprise image viewer such as ResolutionMD, meets the three goals of healthcare reform’s Triple Aim: better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower costs.

Rising costs are a critical concern of all facets of the healthcare industry. To address the issue, one of the Triple Aim’s goals is reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. This blog looks at how the implementation of an enterprise image viewer can support this goal by enabling providers to share images, eliminating duplicate image study costs and enabling specialists to confer with primary and emergency care physicians without having to be physically present.

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November 22, 2016

How telestroke and image sharing meet Triple Aim’s population health goals

By Josh Nash

This post is the second in a series that addresses how enterprise image access and viewing, using a mobile enterprise image viewer such as ResolutionMD, meets the three goals of healthcare reform’s Triple Aim: better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower costs.

Improving access to appropriate care, particularly regarding specialized care for urgent, severe and complicated conditions, is a key component of the population health leg of Triple Aim’s goals. Another primary goal is to generate improved health outcomes and fewer complications for patient populations served by a healthcare system.

Both of these goals are addressed by telestroke, which has revolutionized the treatment and care of stroke patients. This post focuses on how telestroke and image sharing enables broad changes in the treatment and outcomes of stroke patients through access to stroke specialists and fast acting drug treatments.

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November 11, 2016

How enterprise imaging meets Triple Aim’s goal of better patient experience of care

By Josh Nash

The Triple Aim, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is a framework for optimizing the United State’s health system by:

  • Improving the patient experience of care
  • Improving the health of populations
  • Reducing the per capita cost of health care

In this post we’ll look at how enterprise image viewing improves patient experience of care, in both quality and satisfaction, by allowing providers to collaborate and giving patients and their families the ability to view patient images and better understand their conditions and diagnosis.

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October 27, 2016

Frankenstein mix of old tech with new health IT security leads to HIPAA violations

By Jonathan Draper

Recent news of fines for HIPAA violations are shining a spotlight on the need for providers to secure protected health information (PHI) with tools that support modern security. On October 18, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that St. Joseph Health (SJH) will pay $2.14 million fine for HIPAA violation. The provenance of this violation offers an important lesson for all providers who want to mitigate their risk.

The violation occurred between 2011 and 2012 when SJH installed a server that included a file-sharing application with default settings that provided access to anyone with an Internet connection. This open door made the PHI of 31,800 people publically accessible through Internet search engines during the violation period.

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October 17, 2016

Radiology primary use of telehealth in booming virtual care industry

By Jonathan Draper

Recent data from the American Telehealth Association[1] shows radiology leading the use of telehealth for patient care. About 20 million Americans benefitted by receiving care via telehealth and in 8 million of those cases the care was from radiology. In comparison, 1.9 million were cardiac monitoring cases, 750,000 were online primary care or urgent care sessions, 650,000 were neurophysiological monitoring cases and another 500,000 were mental health sessions.

At the same time, overall growth of telehealth as a care delivery method is booming. Modern Healthcare[2] reports that 75 percent of employers plan to include a telehealth option for their employee health insurance benefits by 2017. At health providers, the focus of telehealth implementation is shifting from interventions, such as telestroke, to broader, integrated services. These trends, among others, will create a five-fold increase in the value of the market by 2017. An Accenture report[3] valued it at $200 million in 2014 and predicts it will hit $1 billion in 2017.

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October 7, 2016

Today’s enterprise image viewing needs: Multi-platform, multi-modality, multi-format and multi-departmental

By Jonathan Draper

Digital patient imaging is in the midst of a sea of change. First, the use of digital patient imaging is expanding outside radiology into other clinical departments such as dermatology, ophthalmology, pathology and more, expanding both the modalities and numbers of images. At the same time, value-based care, cost pressures and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased the need to share patient images outside radiology. As these two trends rapidly advance, hospitals and health systems need to manage patient images across the enterprise, which requires new strategies and technologies.

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September 30, 2016

Answering the complex questions of VNA implementation with an enterprise image viewer

By Jonathan Draper

The concept behind vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) appeals broadly to today’s healthcare providers: a non-proprietary archive of patient images of any type and any image-related data that can be accessed from any PACS or enterprise image viewer. With their promise of access to all images and image data regardless of provenance, VNAs are quickly becoming a central element of medical enterprise image management[1] strategies.

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Carestream shows benefits of image-enabling EHR systems at HIMSS conference

Carestream will spotlight its ability to deliver rapid, easy access to patients’ medical imaging studies from healthcare providers’ electronic health record (EHR) systems at the annual HIMSS conference being held Feb. 29 to March 6 in Las Vegas.

‘The EHR is a central repository for activities related to the management and clinical use of patient information. However, it’s essential to integrate an enterprise imaging platform within the EHR to deliver access to radiology, cardiology, pathology and other types of images that equip physicians with a more holistic view of each patient when making diagnostic and treatment decisions,’ said Ludovic D’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions.

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Carestream’s Vue Motion universal viewer marries advanced capabilities with ease of use

Saint Francis Medical Center (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) recently implemented Carestream’s Vue Motion universal image viewer, which serves several hundred specialists, clinicians, referring physicians, nurses and therapists.

“Vue Motion is now the primary image viewer for our hospital. It’s faster, easier to use and more flexible than our previous viewer. Users learn how to use the features in about five minutes,” said Andrew Welker, the hospital’s PACS Administrator. “Hundreds of clinical staff use it every day, and they appreciate its advanced tools and the ability to access images from the report within seconds.”
Welker adds that “since it’s a zero-footprint viewer, there is no need to install or upgrade any software or hardware at physicians’ offices. That’s a huge time saver for both clinicians and our staff.”

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What makes you so special, DICOM?

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Steve Rudland, EMEA Healthcare Practice Leader, Hyland, creator of OnBase

Back in May 2011 I was talking to a doctor at The Guardian’s sadly short-lived Health Network show in London.  We were talking about what Enterprise Content Management actually meant, and specifically about what sort of content OnBase by Hyland could manage.

“Everything…” I said.  “Any unstructured information.  Whatever doesn’t fit comfortably into the rows and columns and tables of a database.  Your EMR is for your discrete patient data.  Your ECM system is for all of the unstructured information that completes that record: the letters, the photographs, the diagnostic outputs, the scanned paper…”

“So, what about medical images?” he asked.  “What about DICOM?”

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New motion mobile system from Carestream supports upgrade from analog to digital imaging with wireless DRX detectors

Carestream unveiled a new lower-priced mobile X-ray imaging system that can be purchased as a CR system and easily upgraded to wireless DR technology to gain faster image access and automated features. The fully featured CARESTREAM Motion Mobile System is available for order in Europe, Latin America and other countries outside North America and is sold by Carestream representatives and local dealers. The new system is scheduled to begin shipping in December.

“This flexible, reliable, new portable system offers components that make it easy to upgrade to a DR workflow,” said Heidi McIntosh, Carestream’s Marketing Manager for Global X-ray Solutions. “Imaging facilities across the world will find the Motion Mobile system can meet their imaging needs for years to come because of built-in functionality that can be activated when needed.”

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The evolution of the vendor neutral archive: ECM

Susan deCathelineau, Vice President of Healthcare Sales and Service, Hyland, creator of OnBase

Susan deCathelineau, Vice President of Healthcare Sales and Service, Hyland, creator of OnBase

We’ve seen a buzz around the transition from PACS to vendor neutral archives (VNA) but how does this fit into the next generation electronic health record (EHR)? Healthcare organizations might already own the answer to their imaging dilemma.

When each clinical specialty area stores its own clinical content, hospitals end up with different storage solutions in every department. These information silos make sharing clinical data cumbersome, requiring staff to transfer image files to CDs, DVDs or flash drives and physically send them where they need to go.

Vendor neutral archives provide healthcare organizations with a single storage platform that standardizes and centralizes medical imaging studies from multiple vendors, eliminating the need to support an additional system.

VNAs serve an excellent purpose – simplifying our incredibly complex medical imaging landscape. However, what if you could make it even easier? Patient care doesn’t start and end with imaging, there is a lot of information and data captured before a patient even sees a clinician, and perhaps even more afterwards.

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