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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.
 

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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 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.
 

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 1/10/2017 2:26:47 PM

Singapore National Eye Centre is Breaking Down Siloes Across Specialties
The healthcare industry is quickly evolving, shaped by factors such as increasing global demand and significant advancements in imaging technology. Staying on top of these changes and securing the best tools and strategies to address them is critical to the success of any industry provider.

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 8/31/2016 2:00:50 PM

Top Five Reasons to Replace Your PACS
Workflow, patient volume, and practice needs are constantly evolving. It’s important to find solutions that can adapt to the changes within your organization without disrupting your business.

The latest version of Merge PACS™ can help by allowing you to maintain your business continuity, streamline your workflow, and simplify your breast imaging hardware. Is it time to considering upgrading your current technology? Check out the top 5 reasons to upgrade to Merge PACS 7.1.

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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.

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Posted by Falon Greer on 10/29/2015 10:02:40 AM

Transition from “mammography” to all encompassing “breast imaging”
On October 20, 2015, the American Cancer Society issued new guidelines recommend that less screening for breast cancer is better than more. In its wake, the debate around screening mammograms continues. The American Cancer Society now recommends women to begin screening at age 45, rather than age 40. For women of average risk over the age of 54, the annual mammogram recommendation has been reduced to biennial. The number of screening mammograms dropped by 5.72% within three months when the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) adjusted its screening mammogram recommendation age to 50. How will the ACS’s new guidelines affect your practice and how will you weather the “breast imaging storm?”

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Posted by Falon Greer on 8/25/2015 8:43:29 AM

When Was the Last Time You Evaluated Your Breast Imaging Strategy?
For many years, mammograms have been at the center stage of all breast imaging. And while still an integral part of breast screening, new legislature is shaping the entire breast imaging workflow. With the rise in density awareness, mammograms are beginning to take a backseat to other modalities, such as ultrasounds, screening MRs, breast nuclear medicine, and of course, tomosynthesis. Now is the time to reevaluate your workflow, stay current with the changes, and provide the best, most efficient services to your patients.

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 5/24/2015 10:39:39 AM

Merge is traveling this spring. Are you?
If you are planning imaging-related trade show trips to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, or Boston this spring, stop by and visit Merge at SIIM (Booth #222), RBMA (Booth #401) and ASE 2015 (Booth #412). We will be exhibiting at all three conferences and look forward to meeting with current and prospective customers to discuss new solutions and industry trends.

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Posted by Jon DeVries on 5/19/2015 10:13:49 AM

Distributed, Deconstructed, or Reconstructed: What You Need to Know about Today’s PACS
Enterprise's requirements for image management solutions are becoming more sophisticated and changing how providers view their Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Not that long ago PACS couldn’t do much more than ingest imaging studies and serve them up for radiologists to read, annotate, create key images and then archive—almost always to their own internal archiving systems. 

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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 5/18/2015 11:42:48 AM

Reconstructing PACS to Deliver Optimal Performance and Integration
Some of today’s picture archiving communication systems (PACS) are capable of archiving images to a vendor neutral archive (VNA) and then pulling them back out when they’re needed. That’s pretty much all they can do—help providers move images around. In a world where sharing data for improved referral management and better patient care is increasingly important, healthcare organizations need smarter systems that do more than just move or store images.

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging 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 Mark Bronkalla on 2/2/2015 11:15:45 AM

How to Build a Better Workflow with Advanced Functionality PACS
Remember the days when all you could do with a telephone was call people—and only then from home, work, or a public phone booth?
 
Thanks to the power of innovation, today we can not only make and receive calls, but we can also buy, spend, read, watch TV, turn on the lights, and carry out any number of other functions from our smartphones.
 
Take a look around and you’ll see that much the same thing is happening with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) technology. The days of limited cache sizes, having to pre-fetch imaging studies in order to work with them, bouncing around from one work list to another, and time-consuming, labor-intensive manual entry of users’ privileges and preference settings are swiftly coming to a close. In their place, a new era has ushered in advanced functionalities.

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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 12/30/2014 11:17:31 AM

Leverage Your Enterprise PACS as a Workflow Engine
A recent article in Healthcare IT News on the topic of workflow engines really caught my eye.

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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 5/7/2014 10:39:10 AM

The Trend: IT Service Models Ease Shift of PACS to Enterprise IT
A session at this year’s HIMSS conference, and covered in a recent Auntminnie article, spotlighted the trend of moving imaging informatics away from radiology to enterprise IT, and the culture clash it can generate between the two departments.

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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 3/24/2014 8:43:10 AM

What Does a PACS Plug-in Mean for VNAs?
A handful of radiology departments still think of picture archiving communications systems (PACS) as standalone silos, focusing only on traditional or singular specialties such as general radiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, etc. But as the industry shifts to an increasingly electronic environment, more practices understand the critical need the critical need to share, store, archive and access images through an enterprise-wide imaging strategy.

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Posted by Justin Dearborn on 12/19/2013 1:02:31 PM

RSNA 2013: More Meaningful Than Ever
Now that it’s been a couple of days since my colleagues and I returned from the 99th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, we’ve had some time to digest all of the conversations from the show floor, sessions and client meetings. With more than 55,000 attendees, 600 technical exhibits and hundreds of posters and educational sessions, there’s no question that RSNA remains among the world’s most prominent medical conferences.

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Posted by Lisa Davies on 7/22/2013 1:42:04 PM

Considerations when consolidating PACS archives into a third-party archive
When I meet with hospitals that are considering consolidating PACS archives into a single VNA, they’re usually looking to do so for one of two reasons (or both if they fit). First is the simple financial motivation to reduce the cost and complexity of managing multiple, disparate archives. The second reason is clinical and their desire to give access to patient data across departments. For example, allowing the cardiology department with a first-time patient to see previous studies done by the radiology department, like a 2-view chest CR.
 
If you’re considering PACS archive consolidation, here are a few things to think about as you get started that can help you architect the right solution for your organization.

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