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Vendor Neutral Archiving: Learning from a Colorado Success Story

The exchange of information through the electronic health records (EHR) process doesn’t have to be a nightmare. A Colorado critical access hospital proved that recently when it connected with its EHR system to a health information exchange (HIE) called the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, or CORHIO. Estes Park Medical Center, the first of its…
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Medical Image Market May Reach $6 Billion in Five Years: Where Does VNA Fit In?

VNA and Its Place in the Healthcare Image Management Industry It’s an exciting time to be involved in the medical image market as projections for the industry point to a value of $5.85 billion by 2021. That’s a 6.5 percent growth from this year’s value of $4.22 billion. How does VNA fit into this projection?…
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PACS and HIE: Rumors and Truths

What’s in Store for PACS in the Future? The technology surrounding medical images continues to evolve, which means the conversation about the future of PACS gets deeper and wider every year. It’s difficult to separate the rumors from the truth and get a clear picture of where we’re headed in healthcare IT. There is an…
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Three Reasons Electronic Health Records Really do Mean Better Care for Patients

The move to embrace electronic health records doesn’t sit well with everyone. In fact, many healthcare professionals that have been in the industry for decades have been quite skeptical of storing information, including medical images, in electronic form. The reluctance to go with electronic health records was aided in the early days of the technology…
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What Changes are Critical Access Hospitals Planning for Rural Hospital Data?

While patients face the same health challenges regardless of whether they live in urban centers or rural areas, the facilities that treat them see different challenges. Every healthcare provider is doing their part in complying with rules and regulations regarding electronic health care record adoption, but if you are in a rural facility, you’ve definitely…
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Rural Hospital Data Loss is Only One Challenge: NRHA Asks For Extension

Members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in September asking for a one-year extension for healthcare providers to meet provisions set forth in Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use Incentive Program (EHR). A group of 17 Senators signed the letter, which…
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Protecting Electronic Health Records Can be Expensive But it Doesn’t Have to be Out of Reach

One has to look no further than how much the healthcare system is spending to protect themselves from data breaches to understand the magnitude of how important protecting against threats is becoming – $7 billion annually. Electronic health records (EHRs) have many advantages to the archaic ways of storing and accessing patient information, but EHRs…
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FAQ on HIPAA: Do You Know the Rules on Electronic Personal Health Records?

It’s imperative for healthcare professionals to be well acquainted with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Congress passed it in 1996, but surprisingly, there are portions of the act that are still being violated by unassuming healthcare workers. HIPAA offers Americans the ability to transfer their health insurance coverage when they switch jobs…
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Cloud PACS and Seamless EMR Data

There are many reasons why medical facilities are establishing electronic health records  (EHRs and EMRs) and cloud PACS, none of which are probably more enticing than the federal government’s incentives in doing so. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was passed in 2009, first brought to light these incentives. IT departments in healthcare facilities…
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HL7 and Interoperability: What Really Defines Interoperability?

HL7 Interoperability is Critical for Success What should an open electronic health record look like? It’s something that more and more radiology IT professionals are considering today, particularly where HL7 is concerned. A lot of emphasis is being put on interoperability, because it’s becoming more important than it ever has before. There are a number…
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