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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.
 

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Posted by John Hally on 3/27/2017 10:47:02 AM

Interoperability: The IHE  Connectathon and Beyond
What is interoperability?
In the age of mobility, interoperability is paramount to patient care. Virtually everyone has a smart phone, and information and people are constantly on the move.


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Posted by John Clarke on 10/1/2016 8:10:12 AM

Grace is Gone: The ICD-10 Period of Relaxed Rules is Over
As you may know, October 1 is the anniversary of the ICD-10 switch over, and thus, ends the ramp up or 'grace' period.  The relaxed approach payers have taken throughout the delicate switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 also coincides with the finalization of MIPS1, which will come later this fall.  With these initiatives looming, the question everyone is asking is simple: 'Is my organization ready to embrace these changes?

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Posted by Audrey Veitas on 7/8/2016 10:56:27 AM

Patients, Processes, Policies, and Progress: Reflecting on SIIM 2016
Last week, many of the biggest names in medical imaging informatics came together in Portland, Oregon for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, where they discussed the future of the field. The conference was full of insightful presentations from those on the leading edge of imaging IT.

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Posted by Kayley Weinbaum on 3/18/2016 12:25:27 PM

HIMSS16: Four Key Takeaways

HIMSS16 was expected to be the larges­t national healthcare IT show, uniting healthcare leaders from across the world to transform the way patient care is delivered through information technology. The show brought over 40,000 industry leaders together and with no surprise, did not fall short of expectations.


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Posted by Julie Pekarek on 3/15/2016 11:38:25 AM

Connectathon spotlights interoperability in action
Earlier this year, our Merge RIS™ developers successfully participated in the recent Connectathon sponsored by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), where Merge Healthcare was the first vendor to pass IHE’s new Clinical Decision Support (CDS) profile testing—a profile Merge and our clients had a big hand in developing. This is a major step forward in our long journey toward ensuring efficient compliance with an important industry mandate.

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Posted by Audrey Veitas on 10/22/2015 9:45:29 AM

Electronic Imaging Ordering: The Next Big Thing?
In only a few years, the electronic prescription revolution has had a profound impact on healthcare. From all paper in 2005 to 1.2 billion electronically transferred prescriptions in 2014, this technology experienced a steep adoption curve. For most of us, it’s become hard to imagine healthcare without automated prescriptions.

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Posted by Michael Klozotsky on 7/14/2015 8:49:41 AM

Three Keys to Healthcare Interoperability Success
Interoperability is at the forefront of the fast-paced health IT industry, and medical imaging is one of its key components. Having an efficient imaging strategy in place is imperative, not only for revenue growth, but also for providing effective patient care. Although imaging will continue to play a significant role in healthcare, changes to payment models and new quality  measurements raise questions about imaging appropriateness. Some estimates suggest that as many as 30% of all images are unnecessary. The first step in improving both imaging efficiency and appropriateness is to invest in an adequate interoperability strategy.

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Posted by Merge on 4/7/2015 9:30:52 AM

Enterprise Imaging in a Deconstructed World
In an age when consolidation, mergers, and acquisitions are increasingly common, the concept of the deconstructed PACS addresses real challenges and resolves pressing issues. Larger radiology practices are emerging, changing the way hospitals purchase radiology professional services.
 

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Posted by Michael Klozotsky on 3/20/2015 8:01:34 AM

Today’s Strategies for the Future of Connected Care
While only a fool would claim that he could say with absolute certainty what the future holds, it doesn’t take fortune teller to see that success in the healthcare industry will increasingly favor the “connected” over the “disconnected.” In fact, a recent survey found that 85% of industry stakeholders expect mergers and acquisition activity to increase in 2015 – meaning the newly created entities need to communicate and share data, including imaging information, efficiently and appropriately to ensure financial and clinical success.


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Posted by Michael Klozotsky on 3/17/2015 11:49:22 AM

Six Reasons to Visit Merge Healthcare at HIMSS15
If you’ve been working in healthcare IT for any length of time, you know that HIMSS isn’t just another industry conference. It’s the biggest, most expansive collection of health IT companies, products, services, and solutions you’ll find gathered in one place all year. HIMSS15, taking place April 12 – 16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, promises to continue the tradition

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Posted by Merge on 10/16/2014 1:04:56 PM

Integrated Clinical Image Viewing and Sharing Completes the Cycle of Care
It’s no secret—healthcare is changing dramatically right before our eyes. Physician practices are consolidating, hospitals are merging and effective image viewing and sharing are becoming more important than ever in a world where “meaningful use” of health information means more to the bottom line than many may realize. 

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Posted by Pete Nanos on 9/29/2014 11:22:55 AM

Advanced Interoperability delivers true two-way healthcare communication – and more
Consider how most medical image ordering and fulfillment typically takes place today. Most referring physicians usually fill out a requisition form and either give it to the patient or fax it to an imaging center. The imaging center then enters the order into its radiology information system (RIS) and contacts the patient to schedule the exam. Upon completing the exam, the imaging center then uses fax or point-to-point interfaces to transmit the results back to the referring physician’s office, where it is then routed to the patient’s electronic health record (EHR).

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Posted by Jon DeVries on 8/27/2014 7:28:00 AM

The Top Trends Driving Demand for Interoperability in Medical Imaging
Take a look around the healthcare landscape, and you’re likely to pick out three major trends that are disrupting the industry as we know it today: consolidation as a result of mergers and acquisitions, the emergence of electronic health records (EHRs) and the demand for greater connectivity among providers and patients. Let’s assess how these are driving the demand for advanced interoperability in medical imaging.

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Posted by Steve Tolle on 8/22/2014 11:12:33 AM

Doing Business in Today’s World: What Healthcare Can Learn from Medical Imaging
With the shift to value-based care and mounting regulatory pressures affecting the healthcare industry, healthcare organizations are looking for best practices to help them navigate today’s ever-changing environment. They don’t need to look far: medical imaging providers can offer their colleagues in the rest of healthcare a cogent picture of successful strategies.

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Posted by Merge on 8/7/2014 8:33:00 AM

Imaging Trends Uncovered: Enterprise Imaging v. Advanced Interoperability
The new series, “Imaging Trends Uncovered,” will dive into some of the high-level definitions of key words and phrases—simply from an educational perspective—that may be helpful to your medical imaging practice. Have a topic that you’d like to see us explore? Comment below and share with us some of the imaging trends you’d like uncovered. 

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Posted by Pete Nanos on 5/14/2014 4:03:21 PM

Tips for Devising and Implementing an Advanced Interoperability Strategy – Part 2
In part 1 of “Tips for Devising and Implementing an Advanced Interoperability Strategy,” we discussed what an advanced interoperability (AI) strategy is and why imaging providers of all kinds need one in order to survive and thrive in today’s increasingly challenging healthcare delivery climate. 

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Posted by Pete Nanos on 5/1/2014 10:51:01 AM

Tips for Devising and Implementing an Advanced Interoperability Strategy - Part 1
Contending with the increasingly challenging healthcare delivery climate, providers of all kinds, including medical imaging practices, have been leveraging electronic health records (EHR) and enterprise-wide imaging strategies to help improve interoperability within their own systems, for quite some time. But, many of these providers are beginning to realize that now is the ideal time to begin leveraging advanced interoperability (AI) strategies to connect with referring physicians and institutions, networks and systems outside their own four walls.

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Posted by Bill Klaver on 2/13/2014 1:37:16 PM

The Keys to Managing Data Standards and Image Interoperability
Many of us in healthcare find ourselves at an interesting crossroads…We know we need to bring a higher level of interoperability to our medical imaging processes, but we also know – or are at least beginning to realize – that it will take time, effort and money to do the job right and to do it well. 

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