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Posted by Kathleen Schroeder on 12/6/2017 2:15:10 PM

6 Ways a VNA Can Reduce Imaging Costs
Medical imaging is one of the most costly components of patient care. Data from the American College of Radiology indicates that diagnostic imaging accounts for 10 percent ($100 billion) of total annual healthcare costs¹. At least part of these staggering costs can be attributed to the fact that so many exams simply shouldn’t have to happen. In fact, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, have estimated that a significant amount of studies—nearly 9 percent—are unnecessary or redundant².


Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 10/26/2017 11:26:57 AM

Watson Health Wins Minnie for Best New Radiology Software
AuntMinnie.com rolled out the virtual red carpet on October 25, announcing the winners of the 2017 Minnies. The awards, which celebrate the best ideas and brightest minds in radiology, recognized numerous contributions that are advancing a future shaped by augmented radiology. IBM Watson Health is proud to have been recognized for our work in this field, taking home the award for Best New Radiology Software for IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review.


Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 10/18/2017 11:52:44 AM

How Orthopedic Practices Can Benefit From a Cloud-Based Imaging Archive
In today’s orthopedic market, practices are facing significant growth in patient volumes, mainly due to an aging population. Given the corresponding growth in medical imaging, and the fact that images are essential for accurate care decisions, many orthopedic practices are seeking robust and cost-effective information systems capable of recovering data during unforeseen disasters while economically storing and managing images with other providers. A cloud solution can help.


Posted by Devyani Bedekar on 10/2/2017 9:29:02 AM

Connecting Medical Imaging with Patient History Through Cognitive Computing
The reading room reality
Radiologists spend just one third of their time on image interpretation. For the majority of the day they are either supervising studies, performing image-guided procedures, teaching, in meetings, consulting with physicians, or directly caring for patients. Their work day is dynamic and full of interruptions, making effectiveness in the reading room an ongoing challenge.

Being efficient and productive in the dark room becomes increasingly important when radiologists encounter rare and complicated cases that require knowledge of patient history to complement the evaluation of medical images. This often means searching for patient information by manually sifting through multiple, extensive, disorganized and disconnected EMR records. Moreover, the situation is exacerbated by the fact that approximately 80% of patient data is unstructured (e.g. notes and reports). Reading and understanding this data in order to uncover clinical meaning relevant to the imaging study at hand, disrupts radiologists’ workflow and takes up valuable time. In an age of increasing demands on reading physicians, this is a burden they can hardly afford.  


Posted by John Hansen on 9/18/2017 2:33:19 PM

Vendor Neutrality: What does it really mean and why is it important?
The following is the first installment of a four-part blog on Vendor Neutral Archives (VNAs).

I often find myself in conversations with casual observers of VNA, (not VNA geeks like myself), who have a general notion of the technology, which can be summarized simply as a ‘place where we store our images.' While this is fundamentally true, it’s important to peel back layers of the onion and explore why VNA is such an important place to store ‘things,’ and in the process perhaps explain why the VNA adoption trend continues in full force.


Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 8/28/2017 4:50:32 PM

A Walk on the Patient’s Side: How Enterprise Imaging Can Help
In Part I of this two-part blog, Mark Bronkalla described a series of challenging medical encounters involving his wife’s recent hip replacement. Throughout the ordeal it became clear, in a very personal way, that a comprehensive imaging strategy could have dramatically improved the experience and outcomes. Below, he delves into the tools and processes that could help others facing a similar situation. To read Part I, please click here.


Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 8/15/2017 9:09:01 AM

A Walk on the Patient’s Side: A Personal Medical Imaging Story
The following is Part I of a two-part blog.
Over the course of the last year, I had the opportunity to co-author a couple of HIMSS & SIIM Enterprise Imaging White Papers. Our team included various end users, industry solution experts, and DICOM/IHE committee members. Together we developed a number of specific use cases and workflows, however, it wasn’t until a recent personal experience, that my eyes were opened to additional use cases that we hadn’t yet thought of. For me, and my wife, a frustrating series of medical events reinforced the need for seamless enterprise imaging and universal image sharing.


Posted by Barbi Green on 9/13/2016 11:13:18 AM

Merge partner, RAD-AID, to launch medical hybrid airship program
Artist rendering

Dan Mollura, M.D., earned the admiration of hundreds of attendees at Merge Live last week. As the closing keynote speaker at Merge’s annual client conference, Mollura spoke of his journey from Wall Street analyst to radiologist to non-profit founder, detailing the creation and incredible impact of RAD-AID, the charitable organization he formed to help bring radiology and imaging technology to developing and impoverish countries around the globe.


Posted by Murray Reicher, MD FACR on 8/9/2016 10:44:39 AM

When it comes to medical imaging, what do patients know and want?
In a 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology1, authors from NYU Langone Medical Center reported their survey results related to patients’ understanding of their own imaging exams.  


Posted by Barbi Green on 7/15/2016 12:49:18 PM

RAD-AID, Merge make medical imaging a reality in developing countries
“Medical imaging is fundamental to almost everything healthcare does,” says RAD-AID president and CEO, Dr. Dan Mollura.


Posted by Matt Opad on 5/9/2016 9:51:48 AM

A Reality Check for Server Side Rendering
Server side rendering is the talk of the medical imaging world today.  The basic premise being that server side is faster and more efficient than client side rendering.  Since servers typically have faster processors than workstations, there are situations where this is completely true.


Posted by Murray Reicher, MD FACR on 4/20/2016 10:28:37 AM

Investing in Physician Leadership
When it comes to medical imaging, one of the most important investments any medical group, imaging center, hospital, or integrated delivery network can make is in physician leadership.  


Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 4/11/2016 11:37:02 AM

Easier. Better. Faster: The convergence of convenience and cardiac care
Convenience. We’ve come to expect it throughout all facets of life – and across industries, convenience is being delivered in abundance. The catch-phrase, “there’s an app for that” still rings true as people across the globe turn to technology to simplify their lives and save them precious time. From having groceries delivered to your door to cashing a check on your phone, consumer markets have embraced a fast-and-easy philosophy, and the medical world has taken heed.


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