FDA Encourages Interoperability - Factors for Healthcare IT to Consider

Posted by PureWeb on Fri, Feb 19, 2016

True Interoperability Must Be Designed

Every day, hospitals and health systems across the country struggle with exchanging patient data between electronic health records, PACS and other health information systems. In a recent survey, for example, accountable care organizations (ACOs) cited lack of interoperability as their number one challenge to achieving improved, patient-centered care. (1) To solve this problem, legislators, industry associations, public-private partnerships and more are calling for industry standards, frameworks and legislation that support simple and safe patient data exchange. On January 26th, the FDA joined this industry-wide chorus with the release of a draft guidance titled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission: Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices.”

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Telehealth 2016: All Indicators Point Toward Increased Adoption for Better Patient Care

Posted by Lorelle Lapstra on Fri, Feb 12, 2016

For years, telemedicine has been regarded as a care delivery model for the future with extensive barriers to overcome. While many of these barriers -- most importantly policy and reimbursement -- persist, research and provider experience has proven that telehealth delivers better patient care, more effectively and less expensively. Today, while politicians debate expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth, providers focused on improving patient care are implementing telehealth delivery models.

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5 Ways Enterprise-Wide Imaging Positively Impacts the Financial Health and Brand Image of Hospitals

Posted by PureWeb on Fri, Feb 5, 2016

Enterprise image-viewers allow providers to access patient images no matter what their location or point of origination. With the addition of mobile support, patient image access can even happen from anywhere at anytime, allowing providers to collaborate and coordinate care. The benefits from the mix of mobile devices and enterprise-imaging not only accrue to clinical care, they can also have significant positive impact on both finances and marketing. Here are five ways that enterprise image-viewers can make hospitals and health systems more profitable and improve their brand image:

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