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Medical Image Archiving in the Cloud? Consider the 4 S’s

August 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical imaging

One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. What should you be looking for in a cloud storage partner? Let me suggest some of the things I think need to be top of mind. Let’s call them the 4 S’s of data storage.[read more]

The Second Wave of Healthcare Informatics

August 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

the second wave of healthcare informatics

Electronic Medical Records and Hospital Information Systems in and of themselves add little value to the enterprise if we don’t surround them or embed them with technologies that help us make better decisions and facilitate the ways we communicate and collaborate as care teams and with our patients.[read more]

Enterprise Dose Management Is Radiology's Opportunity to Lead

August 24, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

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In a session at last week’s AHRA annual meeting titled, “An Executive Guide to Implementing a Successful Enterprise Dose Solution,” Chris Tomlinson, MBA, director of radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, urged administrators to not be myopic.[read more]

A Tale of Two Sensors: Misfit Shine vs. FitBit Zip

August 23, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Misfit Shine

On a 5-day back-packing trip in British Columbia, I put two sensors to the test. While neither were designed specifically for this purpose, my impressions are definitely relevant to the usability of the sensors in everyday life. I've been using the FitBit Zip for over a year, and I decided to also try the Misfit Shine.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

How to Tackle Vague Requirements in Health IT and Medical Device Software

August 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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These days it’s pretty easy to build almost any kind of software you can imagine — what’s really hard, though, is figuring out what to build. As I work on complex software systems in government, medical devices, healthcare IT, and biomedical IT I find that tackling vague requirements is one of the most pervasive and difficult problems to solve.[read more]

Patient Portals: Hiding in Plain Sight

August 20, 2014 by David E Williams

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Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot.[read more]

Visions of Care

August 20, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Americans want doctors who care about them, not just for them. Yes, we do want clinicians to be competent and skilled. But above all, we want doctors who genuinely care about our lives, listen to our concerns and allay our anxieties. So the visions of doctoring offered by two physician writers last week presented a jarring contrast.[read more]

To Up Patient Satisfaction, Hospital Supply Chain Units Need Better IT and Technology

August 20, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management.[read more]

Seizing the Opportunity for Transformative Change in Healthcare

August 19, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

As individuals, we all have that issue, topic, or subject that truly drives us. The healthcare industry is seeing an infusion of people that have this escalated passion. Couple this passion with innovative platforms and applications, and the opportunity to deliver truly transformative change can be realized.[read more]

The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

HelpAround Opens Up the Diabetes Patient Discussion

August 18, 2014 by Shay Moser

Yishai Knobel, CEO & co-founder of HelpAround

“Research has shown that peer support drives medical outcomes,” says Yishai Knobel, CEO and co-founder of HelpAround, the first mobile platform for the diabetes community. “We harness the superior trust, empathy, and camaraderie within the diabetes patient community, allowing members to discover peers who truly ‘get it.’”[read more]