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Honeycomb Exchange: Your Response to Changes in Radiology

President John F. Kennedy said, “change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” His thoughts on change can be applied to any aspect of life, including business. Given the frequent technological changes that affect the radiology industry, change is not only…
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Open the Door to Easy Health Image Sharing: Vendor Neutral Archiving System

As the healthcare industry became increasingly more tied to the digital age, patient information began to disperse into a fragmented situation. This includes medical images. The problem is that somewhere along the line, healthcare organizations became more system-centric than patient-centric. Coming to the rescue is a push toward a vendor neutral archiving system. Through this…
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How Virtual CD Set Hospitals Free

Healthcare software providers built up some great solutions for the medical community as the digital age progressed. Unfortunately, they also created a method whereby they locked providers into the chosen solution. If the provider wanted to stay current, they had to stay current on the vendor’s updates. As long as no communication was needed between…
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How Electronic Health Records Will Impact Veterans’ Health Care in the U.S

The coordination of quality and safe healthcare depends on the health information exchange established by a healthcare provider. An entity with one of the strongest backgrounds in using health information exchange for electronic health records is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many of the veterans seeking care through the VA also see doctors…
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Who is Using VNA For Image Management?

There is no question which method is most widely used in storing and sharing digital images – picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) lead the way. However, there is an upswing in the interest related to vendor neutral archiving (VNA) to meet image management needs. A quick look at the statistics is very telling –…
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What do the Leaders Say About HIE and Rural Hospital Data Storage?

The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) conducted a study recently of 12 health information exchanges (HIEs) to provide some insights into trends regarding innovative strategies and business models. The answers provided some ideas for self-sustaining business enterprises, which also addresses rural hospital data storage. First, there are some barriers present that can prevent the kind of…
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The Surprising Cost of Burning a Patient Image CD

Medical imaging was revolutionized by the digital age. Radiology practices quickly ditched their antiquated film practices and started storing and sharing their images via CD. Adopting the new technology included investing in expensive CD burning equipment. Unfortunately, the costs keep mounting. Every CD costs anywhere from $8 to $16 to burn and store. Some of…
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Image Transmission: Yes, it Affects Individualized Patient Diagnoses

Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are more than just a method of storing and retrieving images and data; doctors are leveraging the technology to put together plans for their patients to offer individualized care. PACS vendors are looking deeper into algorithms, like those established by the biggest search engines, to let healthcare professionals determine…
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How Can Cloud PACS Impact Workflow?

When you consider that around 75 percent of all imaging procedures are being carried out off the campus of the hospital, it’s easy to see why using a cloud solution would create more efficiencies in healthcare practices. More radiologists and hospitals are taking their picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) to the cloud to form…
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What is DICOM Storage, and How it Affects Hospitals

DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine. The DICOM standard specifies that digital image format and file structure, as well as non-proprietary data interchange protocol and image-related information should be used. DICOM offers very detailed engineering information that allows networks to connect to a variety of products from different vendors. Essentially, hospitals use DICOMs to…
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