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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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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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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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Got a Unified Worklist? Improve Efficiency Through PACS Solutions

Cloud PACS Offer Flexibility The picture archiving and communication system (PACS) represents a substantial improvement in radiology, especially where workflow is concerned. However, after more than 20 years on the market, technology changes and upgrades are required. Unfortunately, this can come with challenges. Integrating data is usually where the challenges begin. In a hospital with…
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What’s New With PACS Certification?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) might not sound like a bill that would impact electronic medical health records, but it certainly did. Signed into law in 2009, the ARRA created incentives for hospital to adopt technology suited for electronic medical records (EMR). To that effect, meaningful-use guidelines were developed for hospitals to follow…
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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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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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