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Best Health Information Exchange is Huge Step Up From Paper Records

Medical practices moving away from paper records can find the process time consuming, but the results outstanding. The process may not be without its challenges, but moving to the best health information exchange brings a great many efficiencies. Offices that have gone through the process know that every staff member has to be completely on…
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What Mayo Clinic Does With DICOM Storage…and What it Means to Patients

The Mayo Clinic is not short on respect in the medical community and it is extending it’s highly regarded reputation with a first-of-a-kind computerized tracking system that will replace current systems that are too time-consuming in their manual processes. The imaging exam tracking system at Mayo offers more consistency and safety for the patient due…
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PACS and Consistent Measurements: Saving Lives?

Software related to picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) are continually improving and offering different approaches that allow doctors and specialists to better serve their patients. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, lesion management software used in PACS has provided a more reliable and consistent method of studying metastatic…
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What is the Process for Centralized Image Storage?

The PACS market has grown over the last 10 years as the various procedures and image formats have evolved. To keep up with the proliferation of data, many healthcare professionals are developing a centralized image storage process to help them share the images and control costs in the process. The process requires a vendor neutral…
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Offsite Data Storage in the Cloud: What Hospitals Consider Before Moving

The amount of data contained in medical records can be staggering, especially when there are high-resolution radiological images involved. Rather than invest in servers to store the data on-site, healthcare facilities are taking to the cloud. A major Boston medical center recently made the move to facilitate its need for a very large data storage…
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Image Management and Meaningful Use: What Rural Hospitals Must Know

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) has some important provisions that rural hospitals need to be aware of. The act establishes a funding base for healthcare facilities to establish health information technology efforts, including technology related to electronic health records. But the act also penalizes facilities that have failed to…
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Doctors Say Why Electronic Health Records Matter

Healthcare professionals spend a lifetime upholding the oath they took early in their careers. The oath requires them to care for the sick to the best of their abilities and judgment. Technology, no doubt, has assisted them throughout the centuries in keeping this oath. The latest generation of doctors has electronic health records (EHR) to…
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Features to Look For in Best PACS System

Film processing is expensive and storing the sensitive images can be a compliance problem for medical imaging offices. Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have been established not only to deal with cost and compliance issues, but to make sharing these images between healthcare professionals easier. The best PACS system can handle massive amounts of…
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Weighing in on Electronic Rural Hospital Data Storage

Limited budgets can limit the resources rural hospitals have in their data storage options. Some are finding that partnerships with larger hospitals in the region can ease the burden of storage needs, which seems to grow with each passing year. A recent study by Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence found that rural hospital data storage…
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Health Image Exchange, Rural Hospitals and Telemedicine: Missouri Steps Forward

Missouri has two major metropolitan communities that account for a large percent of its residents, but the agricultural state is largely rural. Rural communities across the nation continue to make strides to improve broadband access, as does Missouri. But along with that, the Show-Me-State is also improving its telemedicine care. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced…
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