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What Happens If I Lose My Patient's Medical Images?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” opined Benjamin Franklin. While the Founding Father may not have been speaking quite so literally, it’s an idea that will feel familiar to many healthcare professionals. We advise patients to eat well and exercise regularly, even when they’re in the best of health, knowing the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term inconveniences.

Healthcare providers too should find some wisdom in Franklin’s words. A record storage system is a virtual necessity in our data-driven world, yet it’s one that too many practices overlook. A safe, secure cloud-based system offers many advantages for practitioners and patients alike, but some still balk, citing the fear of expense

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Uniform Telehealth Act Provides Stunning Enablement of Consults Across State Lines

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a group comprised of distinguished lawyers across all states and several US territories, passed a new Act that simplifies and enables states who enact it to regulate and promote the practice of telemedicine across state lines. The law provides that physicians who are appropriately licensed and certified in their home state may apply to any other state that has adopted this Act to practice telemedicine consistent with that state’s current regulations for patients within that foreign state. The Act requires that the out-of-state physician must pay a fee and register in that state, removing most other impediments from the interstate practice of telemedicine.

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Attracting International Second Opinion Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped healthcare for patients and providers alike. Telemedicine, once a niche offering, has taken root in the global consciousness as an everyday solution. In the United States, 13-17% of all healthcare visits now take place remotely and patients are eager to explore other digital health solutions, including virtual second opinions.

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Can I Ask My Doctor to Get Me A Second Opinion?

Every year in the US, twelve million people are affected by medical diagnostic errors, while more than forty-thousand die as a direct or indirect cause of this misdiagnosis. In a developed country with arguably the finest health care system in the world, you have to stop and ask yourself - Why?

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How Can I Use Telehealth to Reach Rural Patients?

Around 15-20 percent of patients in the United States live in rural areas. Unfortunately, between primary care shortages, hospital closures, and geographic isolation, those patients are up against significant barriers to accessing healthcare. The National Rural Health Association reports there are only 30 specialists per 100,000 people in rural communities, compared to 263 specialists per 100,000 urban residents.

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How Much Does Purview Software Cost?

Purview is priced to meet the needs of nearly any size practice. We understand that providers generally get paid on a per visit, per procedure, or per diagnosis basis. Purview's goal is to price our solutions in a way that aligns with your business.

Purview has two major solution sets, one aimed at practices predominantly focused on medical images (or DICOM) and the other aimed at practices that utilize a more complete set of medical records, including radiology, pathology, EHR extracts, or test result.

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Horos vs. Purview - What's the difference?

Horos is a rich medical image viewer, with advanced visualization settings that make it a formidable option for people looking to view medical images on their Mac computer. This free open-source software has features found in many high-priced commercial image viewers, making it attractive for many applications involving desktop viewing and investigating even the most complex DICOM studies quickly and efficiently.

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Remote Second Opinions: A Cure for the C-suite Blues

You can hear the same sound coming from hospital C-Suites across the country. The drum of rain, the boom of thunder, and the splash of galoshes as the CFO searches for ways to ride out the COVID storm. 

The pandemic has been — and continues to be — an unprecedented financial strain on the U.S. healthcare system. Though the passage of the CARES Act in 2020 lessened the burden1, hospital CFOs now face rising inflation, a national labor shortage, and yet another wave of COVID infections. 

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How Vets Who Use Horos Store, Share, and Report

If you’re a vet who uses Horos, you’ve probably experienced the struggle of not having an efficient way to share and store images in one centralized location across multiple workstations.  You've used either file-sharing services, emailed, or burned a CD. These solutions are expensive, slow, clunky, disorganized, manual, and prone to error. 

Medical imaging technology traditionally has been an expensive capital investment for a typical veterinarian. It’s not surprising that vets are continually seeking ways to lower their imaging costs. These methods are great but there is a better answer…

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Why Not Every Hospital Should Consider a Virtual Second Opinion Program

Medical second opinions are fast becoming a standard patient request as a part of a critical diagnosis. Medicare encourages patients to receive a second opinion before a life-changing treatment or invasive surgery. Malpractice insurance carriers encourage second opinions to lower their risk. The Cleveland Clinic reported that the market for second opinions is expected to more than double from 2019, reaching seven billion dollars by 2024.

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Practicing Medicine Beyond Your Own State's Border

In the US, regulation of the practice medicine is a state prerogative. Based upon one of the earliest precepts of the establishment of the federal government in the United States, states retain the power to regulate much of what occurs solely within their borders. Physicians are licensed in the state in which they practice and must adhere to that state's mandates. So, can a physician legally serve a patient in need of their specialty if they reside outside of their jurisdiction?

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Is Dropbox HIPAA Compliant for Medical Imaging?

If you’ve ever thought of sharing medical images or any other Protected Health Information (PHI) using Dropbox, you have probably asked yourself: "Is Dropbox HIPAA compliant for medical imaging." Dropbox is one of the most popular file sharing services and is on millions of desktop computers around the world. But just because you use it for many of your other tasks, does not mean you should use Dropbox for medical image storage. Here are 4 reasons to be careful when using Dropbox as your medical imaging solution...

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How to Drive Patient Engagement with Remote Consults

A mounting body of evidence shows that patient engagement can cut costs for healthcare organizations while also improving health outcomes. For example, an article from The Commonwealth Fund found that patients with lower activation scores end up costing more than patients with higher activation scores. Another study from Tractica demonstrates a correlation between higher patient engagement and positive wellness behaviors. 

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Purview Lite vs. Purview Image: What’s the Difference?

Purview has a range of products designed to improve access to medical image viewing software, make it easy to securely share and store all types of medical records and connect patients to better care. When we talk to our customers about our offerings, many of them ask us about the similarities and differences between Purview Lite and Purview Image and how to decide which product is best for their practice.  

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Is Cloud Storage Right for My Medical Imaging Modality?

For many doctors, specialists, hospitals, health care practices and medical facilities, the cloud holds a lot of promise for storing and  accessing medical imaging studies by physicians and patients alike. Luckily, virtual cloud storage can typically find an application for nearly every type of medical imaging modality, from CT scanners to MRI machines and everything in between. 

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Should I Compress DICOM Images? Optimizing Medical Images

 

Many Purview Image users have questions about DICOM images, including:  

  • Can DICOM files be compressed?
  • Are DICOM files large?
  • Why are DICOM files so large?
  • Can you email a DICOM file?
  • Why is the DICOM format most suitable for medical images?
  • How do I convert a DICOM to a JPEG?
  • What is image compression in radiology?

Today, this blog post will focus on whether DICOM medical images can be compressed, when it's appropriate to compress them, and how you can get started.  

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How Can Patients Send an Existing DICOM Medical Imaging Study?

Suppose a specialist physician in California is corresponding with a patient in Texas who has an urgent illness. The physician wants to schedule an emergency appointment, but needs to review the patient's medical imaging studies to properly confirm and address the diagnosis. The patient could send a CD hard copy of their studies through the mail, but this is costly and wastes valuable time. The CD could also get lost in transit or arrive to the physician broken or unreadable. 

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How to Charge Patients for Copies of their Medical Images, According to HIPAA

 

If you've been following our blog, you know by now that providing patients with electronic access to their medical images is cheaper and more efficient than burning and delivering CD copies. Giving patients online access to their images also offers many additional marketing benefits for your practice and easier access for your patients.

There's still a cost for this service, but you can expect it to be less than providing CDs. In either case, more and more providers and hospitals are integrating a HIPAA charge for medical records to help cover the expenses incurred by providing patients with copies of their images.

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Synchronous vs Asynchronous Communication in Telemedicine | Purview

In this series of blogs, Translating Healthcare, we will highlight and break down the meaning of phrases and terminology that are increasingly used, but not always widely understood. Today, we'll be unpacking the definitions of synchronous and asynchronous and examples of how they apply to the medical world. 

Synchronous vs Asynchronous

On a basic level it might be clear that these two words refer to opposing things and have something to do with time… but how does their meaning they apply to healthcare?

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How to Avoid No-Shows and Cancellations at Your Medical Practice

A full, consistent schedule is the bread and butter of any successful medical practice. Patients who miss their appointments, no-shows and last-minute cancellations can have a huge impact on your practice’s financial health. 

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How to Ensure HIPAA Compliance with Image Sharing in 2022

Sharing medical images in a HIPAA-noncompliant fashion is a violation of patient privacy that can expose you to large fines and potentially criminal liability. But what exactly constitutes a HIPAA violation? In theory, the actions that constitute HIPAA violations are straightforward: sharing what's considered to be private health information (PHI) with someone who's not supposed to receive it.

But from this simple definition, HIPAA violations related to medical images in particular, can take many forms, including exposing a patient's medical images to a vendor who does not have a Business Associates Agreement (BAA), sharing images with a family member or spouse without the patient's written consent, losing a laptop computer or cell phone containing protected medical information, or even mailing a medical image to the wrong address.

This blog will present guidelines for remaining HIPAA compliant, sharing images, protecting patient privacy, and reducing your risk of violating HIPAA rules and regulations.

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8 Healthcare Recruitment Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

In the wake of COVID-19, competition for clinical talent has never been more fierce. Health systems were already up against staffing shortages, high turnover rates, and an epidemic of provider burnout before the virus swept across the globe. After the pandemic, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects that physician shortage could be as high as 139,000 physicians by 2033, with an annual turnover rate of six to seven percent. 

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Does Medicaid Cover Second Opinions in 2022?

Second opinions are, in the words of many within the healthcare industry, essential in the case of critical illness and should be the right of every patient. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover or even require an in-person second opinion consultation with a specialist prior to treatment. Medicare even pays for a third opinion if the second opinion differs significantly from the first.

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What is a Remote Second Opinion (RSO)?

If you are like most practices, the words “virtual care” have become critical to your survival. With the changes the world has faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, facilities that once relied exclusively on in-person treatment have been forced to explore ways to meet their patients’ needs without always seeing them face-to-face. By 2021 and 2022, most practices have used telehealth software to enable a virtual meeting with a patient. These programs allow physicians to talk through simple issues with patients during a live video consultation. But what about complex cases, chronic issues, or complicated cancer diagnoses? What if your practice offers specialized care that requires an assessment of a patient’s case history?

Basic telehealth tech does not typically have an answer for these questions as the systems lack a comprehensive method for aggregating and presenting health information, especially for records like test results and radiology scans. It’s for these cases that your virtual care toolbox needs to include a method for Remote Second Opinions. But what is a Remote Second Opinion (RSO)?

Well, I’m glad you asked…

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Second Opinion Program: Should I do a Proof of Concept?

We work with hospitals, specialty programs, and insurance companies across the spectrum when it comes to the maturity of their second opinion programs. Some have well-established processes, while others are just getting off the ground. Regardless of where you are today, you might be asking yourself if it makes more sense to invest all at once in the people and software needed to run a successful program or if dipping your toes in the water with a Proof of Concept might be a better approach. We can help you answer this question.

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Structured Reporting vs. DICOM Structured Reporting

Radiology reports are essential for documenting and sharing a physician's findings. There are many ways of formatting these reports. This blog explores the difference between two that are often confused as the same thing but are fundamentally different. Knowing the difference between these two types of reports is essential when talking to your cloud PACS vendor. 

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Can I Attract New Patients with Second Opinions?

Over the last few years, more and more research has been coming out showing the value to patients of receiving a second opinion for rare or complex diagnoses. In a now well-known study, 88% of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division by outside physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physicians from primary care practices received a new or refined diagnosis. Another study found that diagnostic errors affect 1 in 20 adults in the United States, representing a possible 12 million patients each year receiving a misdiagnosis. Still another study showed that receiving a second opinion improved the diagnostic error rate from over 50% to 26% in the model used. 

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Does Virtual Care Create a Better Experience for Patients?

When considering new programs for your hospital, it is important to prioritize improving the patient experience. There are a lot of initiatives that could achieve this goal, but leveraging the right technology to deliver care to patients regardless of their geographic location is an initiative that can not only increase your current patient satisfaction but also attract new patients to your organization.

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Can my Cloud PACS Integrate with my Existing Systems?

Technology is an important element used to improve medical practice workflows. There are hundreds of different solutions intended to streamline the patient and physician experience. One of those solutions is the cloud PACS, which makes medical images accessible across devices, operating systems, and locations. This is a great solution for centralized image storage and easy access to critical medical images. However, medical practices often need access to more than just one solution to holistically manage patient care, which is where integrations come into play. 

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Medical Records Requests: What to Expect

Whether you are looking to collect your medical records to switch doctors, get a second opinion, or to keep your own records, the process can be rather long and cumbersome. Records collection processes can vary drastically depending on the institution you are collecting from and the types of records you are seeking. Every institution has different processes, different request forms, and even different departments charged with record collection. This blog is meant to highlight the most common methods and hurdles we have found in the record collection process, it is by no means an exhaustive list and is only meant to introduce you to this process.  

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Advice For Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients

Lisa Craine’s life changed forever in 2010 after she was diagnosed with stage IV cholangiocarcinoma, a type of rare cancer that forms in the bile duct and has less than 8,000 cases in the United States per year. Lisa was told originally that she had six months to live, but eleven years later she is cancer-free and using her experience to become a passionate advocate for cholangiocarcinoma research. She works as a patient coach and helps people navigate a cholangiocarcinoma diagnosis. Lisa shared her unique perspective and the top 2 things she would want current cancer patients to know.

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My Summer Internship Experience

The summer going into senior year of college is generally considered to be a memorable one. For years the word summer meant a break from a full-time job as a student where many were able to enjoy the long, hot days outside or spending time with friends. Now at the cusp of a new chapter in my life summers are likely to look very different than what I am used to. Hopefully soon after graduation, I will be working somewhere truly making a difference in people’s lives which is how I felt at my Purview summer internship experience. During my ten weeks, I was able to work with an amazing group of people and learn so much along the way.

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Are Purview Solutions Secure?

Purview’s solutions offer clients the possibility of accessing critical medical information remotely, from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time. The cloud-based solutions, Purview Image, and Expert View can be implemented in practices to store and manage both patient studies and patient cases, respectively. Because of the sensitive nature of the protected health information (or PHI) shared and stored in the Purview solutions, we have implemented multiple safety and security measures to keep you and your patients safe. 

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Horos vs. OsiriX: What's the Difference?

Horos and OsiriX are the top two medical image viewers for Apple computers. However, the products have different functionalities and work very differently in many respects. If you're looking for an alternative to your medical image viewing software, or are just interested in what's out there, here's what you need to know about the differences between the two.

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Should I Move Legacy DICOM Data To The Cloud?

Now that you are looking to move your practice to a cloud PACS, it is time to consider what you want to do with your legacy data. The medical records that you currently have in your practice need to be retained in accordance with your local jurisdiction's laws. Some doctors choose to just keep the legacy data on their workstations or where it was originally stored. Others consider options like migrating that data onto the cloud. While the choice to migrate data over to the cloud is personal, we have worked with a lot of clients who consider what to do with their legacy data and recommend considering the following before making your decision.

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How Can I Get a Second Opinion Without Traveling?

As a patient who may have recently received the news of a complex or life-threatening diagnosis, it can be extremely difficult to know what to do next. It is important to absorb as much guidance and knowledge as possible during this uncertain time, and seeking a second opinion is an important step in the process. 

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How Do I Get My Client's Medical Records?

Getting copies of your client’s medical records from their provider or hospital is a frustrating and time-consuming task. Being prepared for what is required can make you or your staff much more efficient.  By understanding the issues below you can minimize any delays you are likely to have.

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Common Problems When Changing from a Local to a Cloud PACS

Do you currently have a local PACS and looking to change over to a cloud PACS solution? As you start looking into different vendors and the solutions they offer, it is helpful to consider the types of issues you may encounter when transitioning over to a cloud-based PACS. Below is a list of the three most common problems organizations have encountered when transitioning from an onsite to cloud PACS. Though it is not meant to be an exhaustive list, it will help you begin to prepare for this shift.  

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Sharing Medical Records with Expert Witnesses

You probably already are aware of what a pain it is just to get copies of your client’s medical records from his or her provider. Now that you have them, you will want to use these records in the most efficient fashion. That usually means sharing these with a medical expert or expert witness. Getting these records to that person or persons in a HIPAA compliant secure and confidential manner is also a challenge. Understanding the following issues can help avoid some of the delays and frustrations of sharing medical records.

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How Can I Measure the Success Of My Telehealth Program?

Success comes down to value. Value, ultimately, for your patients which can be translated into dollars and cents and happy customers. Given the many healthcare initiatives hospitals can proceed with, why choose second opinions? And if you do, how do you measure the success of that program? 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the value proposition of a virtual or ‘Digitally Enabled’ healthcare program was abundantly clear. Enabling patients and even healthcare workers to stay home when and where possible freed up essential space in hospitals and other facilities and reduced the risk of transmission.

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Is Purview Image Customizable?

Can you customize cloud PACS software? Purview is designed to work out of the box, with minimal implementation and set-up required. However, the Purview Team understands that some workflows will require customizable features to truly streamline their practice. Below we elaborate on 3 examples of customizations readily available within the Purview Image platform. 

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Can I Lose Medical Images in a Cloud PACS?

Is it possible for cloud PACS software to crash and lose all medical data? Before answering this question, it’s important to understand that no one can guarantee absolute security. An impenetrable system does not exist. However, you should consider the security measures in place from any PACS vendor that you are considering using to protect yourself and your patient's protected health information (PHI).

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How to Access DICOM Data From Multiple Locations

You likely landed on this blog because you need a more efficient way to share DICOM images between locations. Whether it's to expand your practice or merely increase efficiency, centralizing your images is a sure step towards streamlining your workflow. Read on to learn how each of your practice locations can access the same database.

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8 Things to Consider After Receiving a Cancer Diagnosis

Here’s a story we have heard many times. Someone goes to their doctor for a routine checkup, mammogram, or to have something looked at that seemed abnormal. The doctor or radiologist decides some additional tests are needed, including a biopsy. The patient is left anxiously awaiting the biopsy results for days, if not weeks. Once the results arrive, the doctor or a practice administrator calls the patient to tell them they have cancer and to schedule an appointment with a surgeon.

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How Can I Manage Patient Cases More Effectively?

If you are reading this, you are likely engaged in an initiative to drive healthcare innovation forward. However, it's quite possible you have run into some challenges around how to handle the information that is required to get a full picture of a patient’s health and history. Without effective ways of managing health information, patients are unable to access the care that they need. So, how can we manage patient health information in an efficient way?

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Account Management vs Customer Support

Here at Purview, we take great pride in our client retention rate and our over 98% client satisfaction rate. Both our account management team and our customer support team are instrumental in fostering lasting relationships, but what is the difference between the two teams?

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How Can I View DICOM Images Remotely?

Due to the size of DICOM files, viewing medical images remotely can be difficult. In addition to the bulky file size, you must also be careful to keep your patient's e-PHI secure. Complexities aside, it is important for many modern practices to be able to access medical images remotely to avoid delaying appointments, procedures, or treatments. There are many options out there, but understanding the benefits and disadvantages is an important step in deciding which remote viewing method is best for you.

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Can You Email Medical Records?

For years, medical practices have been distributing patient records back and forth via email. So you may ask yourself, “if it's not broke, why fix it?” Well... it actually is broken. Apart from being an inefficient way to distribute large files, refusing to invest in a secure platform to send and receive sensitive data can cost your practice more than money.

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How Can I Start Offering Second Opinions?

Many healthcare institutions we work with have a goal of not only improving medical outcomes but also reaching more patients. If these are some of your priorities, you likely have explored formalizing a second opinion program to make it easier for patients to seek out your expertise. No matter where you are in the search for a program to expand your footprint, a valuable step would be to understand how you can launch a successful second opinion program. So, where should you start?

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How Much Does a Cloud PACS Cost?

While on-premises PACS continue to predominate many large institutions, more and more practices are considering a cloud alternative as their current PACS nears the end of its useful life. Typically, an on-premises PACS has a maximum useful life of somewhere in the range of five to ten years. If your PACS is older than 5 years, you may need to begin considering your budget for a new PACS. When you do, you might consider a cloud-based PACS as a potential replacement.

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How Much Should My Second Opinion Program Budget Be?

When determining your budget for a second opinion solution, it is important to think beyond just the technology investment. Use this blog to understand what factors can influence your program's overall cost from the clinical requirements to the marketing support you will need. While this list is not exhaustive, these factors are some common factors many of our clients have to consider when setting their budget.

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5 Reasons to Start a Second Opinion Program

When most think of second opinions, they picture patients traveling to a physician following a serious or complex medical diagnosis. This method does work for many patients, but what about those for whom it doesn't work? There is a growing interest in seeking out medical opinions online, and many have found ways to help patients without ever meeting them in person.

Patient preferences are shaping the way that hospitals and specialists deliver care, but why should you invest in creating a program to deliver second opinions virtually? Let's discuss the most common reasons our clients have decided to create a structured program to meet the demands of patients seeking opinions online.

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3 Reasons You Should Charge Your Patients for Access to Their Medical Images

Many physicians we speak with think it is heresy to charge their patients for access to their own medical images. There are a host of good reasons they use in opposing our view: They say they don't want to "nickel and dime" their patients. Or, that they are focused on satisfying their patients and that this charge is a dissatisfier. We understand why they feel that way. But, we implore them to consider changing their opinion. Here’s why…

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How Online Second Opinions Can Help You Harness Your Hospital's Brand

Patients today are less concerned with (and less bound to) your physical location than they are of the potential impact on their health. Consumer habits are changing, and healthcare is no exception. While patients may heed the recommendation from their primary care physician for specialized or emergency care, they are likely also serving themselves by doing internet-based research.

So, what happens when your hospital is not answering their questions? And what questions are your potential patients asking? The wholesale adoption of telehealth during the COVID pandemic exposed patients to the effectiveness and convenience of remote telehealth visits expanding the potential geography of their selected provider. In this article, we will explore how you can serve the patients who are searching for your services without requiring them to travel and how you can ultimately attract more brand authority in a crowded space.

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Second Opinion

When you're confronted with a complex or critical health care diagnosis, you may be scared or confused by the prognosis or treatment recommended. This is often the time patients seek another opinion. Generations ago, patients relied on their personal physicians to make all their healthcare-related decisions. But no single physician is infallible, and most decisions are better when scrutinized by another informed source.

As a patient, when and how do you go about getting a second opinion?

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How to Get Paid for Remote Expert Opinions

There is a growing list of hospitals adopting online or remote second opinions (RSOs). Second opinions, in general, are becoming more accepted by both patients and physicians, and telemedicine or remote medical encounters are becoming increasingly popular. This has led patients who are diagnosed with critical medical issues to seek ways to avail themselves of specialty medical knowledge and experience from providers that are not necessarily local to them.

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Connection to Core Systems for Remote Second Opinion Programs

Many hospitals that are completing the early stages of adoption of remote second opinion (RSO) systems may now be thinking through the integration of this system with their downstream systems. Most of the work performed by RSOs is intentionally performed outside of the hospital's EHR, PACS, pathology, or other electronic clinical records storage systems. However, should a patient that receives a remote second opinion visit the hospital for a procedure or inpatient visit, these records will need to become part of the hospital's permanent patient file.

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How Can I Share My Patients' Medical Records for a Second Opinion?

Innovative healthcare technology is changing how care is delivered for patients worldwide, particularly within specialty care. Expertise and other services can be exchanged far beyond the physical walls of the institution. Physicians with their own practices and rural hospitals that may not have certain specialists attending full time still need to be able to ensure that their patients can be seen, remotely or otherwise, by a specialist who can lend their expertise. Even in practices that may have a specialist in their particular diagnosis, patients are increasingly seeking out second opinions from physicians all over the world to confirm their diagnosis or get a new perspective. However, how can we ensure that the receiving physician has all of the information necessary to provide a thorough and accurate diagnosis regardless of whether they physically see the patient or not?

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Build vs Buy: Enterprise Medical Software

It may be appealing for a healthcare organization to consider writing their own enterprise medical software to specifically meet their unique needs. Commercial software is generally written to serve the more general demands of the healthcare industry and often doesn’t address the nuances of each particular organizations' operations. This makes it attractive to the in-house team to believe that it uniquely understands these peculiarities and dive head-first into the deep end to begin to code.

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Strategies for Improving Medical Record Exchange for Patient Transfer

Transferring patients between hospitals is a common occurrence at community hospitals and tertiary care facilities. Although not enough is known about the burden this puts on our healthcare system, it has been estimated that 1.6 million inpatients originated at another facility,1 including 1.5% of all admitted Medicare patients.Despite the high volume of patient transfers, there is no structured way to ensure that the patients medical records arrive along with them to the receiving institution. This has posed significant, and even life threatening outcomes, but is there a solution?

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Which Telehealth Services Should My Organization be Offering?

It’s no surprise that the current global pandemic has accelerated telehealth’s adoption. More and more patients are looking to manage their care remotely and early indications point to the increased use of telehealth services being here to stay even after economies reopen. That said, you might find yourself asking, “which telehealth services should my organization be offering?”

It’s a fair question considering the various options that exist in the market but we hope to be able to provide some guidance below.

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How Can I Aggregate Medical Records Within My Patient Intake Software?

Here’s a familiar story. A new patient sets up an appointment to see a specialist. She has been dealing with her current health issues for years and has built up a shoe box full of prior records. The specialist, however, has no way to capture these prior records and is forced into one of the following options:

  • Have the patient bring the records with her to her appointment
  • Have the patient ship the records through the mail
  • Have the patient email whatever records they can to the practice
  • Disregard the prior records and start from scratch
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Should I Hire an Administrator for Remote Second Opinions (RSOs)?

As I am sure you know, your staff are an essential component of your healthcare organization. They bring comfort to your patients, efficiency to your process, and growth to your business as a whole, enabling you to reach more patients in increasingly innovative and life changing ways. So when you are setting up a remote second opinion service, you need to consider how to hire (or choose from within your existing staff) the right team. Since you are here, you likely are wondering what kind of staff do you need to offer remote second opinions, and more specifically, should you hire a dedicated administrator for your remote second opinion program? 

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How Do I Obtain My Loved One's Medical Records?

There are a multitude of reasons you may need access to your loved one's medical records. Regardless of the reason, you're likely asking yourself at least one of the following questions: How can I obtain my loved one's medical records? Who has the right to my loved one's medical records? How can I obtain and store my loved one's medical records?

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How to Collect Your Medical Records for a Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the way that most new treatments are tested for initial efficacy and are becoming much more public in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are sick, having easy access to your medical records is important for a multitude of reasons. But if an appealing or selective trial opens up, having your records available and organized prior to joining a clinical trial could save you time and stress and help you secure a spot in the trial. Even if you are not sick, in order to join a trial, you will likely be required to produce an extensive set of your medical records.

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How Can Patients Send Physicians an Existing Pathology Report?

Suppose that a patient is seeking a second opinion from a specialist in Texas for their recent cancer diagnosis. The patient resides on the East Coast of the United States and is unable or uncomfortable traveling. To properly confirm and address the diagnosis, the physician in Texas needs to see the patient's full medical history, including pathology. Unfortunately, sending the pathology report through the mail is costly and wastes valuable time, and also runs the risk of getting lost or damaged in transit. Not to mention, digital pathology slides are so large they will not fit on a DVD for sending.

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2020 Roundup - Ten Healthcare Trends That We Believe are Here to Stay

While we are still reeling from the onslaught of the pandemic, it is useful to reflect on and investigate some of the occurrences that will pave the way for healthcare in the coming years. Even if it wanes with the current delivery of multiple vaccination candidates, COVID-19 has made an indelible mark on our healthcare system.

Here are ten of the most important trends that we expect to emerge or gain traction in 2021, as the veil of COVID-19 is pulled back.

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Looking For a Charity to Support this #GivingTuesday? Look No Further

While Thanksgiving may have looked different for many this year, one thing will not be canceled: #GivingTuesday. People are in need, some now more than ever. If you are looking for an opportunity to give this year, please consider donating to the Mike Shane Memorial Fund. We are shamelessly asking for donations to this charity specifically because it is close to our hearts here at Purview. 

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5 Things Imaging Centers Should Eliminate From Their Workflow

Currently, many imaging centers are losing revenue due to the volume decrease of elective procedures, dwindling insurance reimbursement, and the general lack of traffic due to the global pandemic. This has left many imaging centers trying to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive environment. We empathize with the larger issues that imaging centers are facing right now amidst the covid-19 pandemic, and we realize that many may not have the ability to lift their heads long enough to see where there is a leak in the boat. So we thought it may be helpful to highlight some common inefficiencies and ways that they can be resolved to save time and money so that imaging centers can focus on the larger issues that the healthcare industry is currently facing.

We understand that referring physicians are the lifeblood of an imaging center’s bottom line. The inefficiencies that can affect an imaging practice the greatest will be the source of the highest volume of traffic: referring physicians. Adjusting how imaging centers and referring physicians communicate can be a simple way to make an imaging center more efficient. Many referring physicians have specific ways of doing business, but may not realize how much time and money is wasted on the outdated methods. Let’s discuss some ways that imaging centers can increase efficiency as it relates to communicating with referring physicians.

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AnimalScan: A Journey to Becoming Experts in Animal Imaging

AnimalScan is a leading provider of animal imaging services in the US. Their branded outpatient imaging centers, located on both coasts, are fully equipped diagnostic facilities that contain the most advanced scanning equipment. They are the leader when it comes to animal MRI with each center staffed with a team of experienced radiologists, technologists, and anesthesiologists. AnimalScan also partners with specialty vets by leasing and servicing scanners in their own locations and work directly with referring vets to source their off premises imaging needs. With a growing number of locations across the United States, professionals in the veterinary industry are becoming familiar with the AnimalScan name. However, not many people know the story of how AnimalScan originated.

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The Best Way to Collect Patient Records from Various Providers

Patient Record Disconnect

The last thing a patient needs when they are sick, is to have to scurry around and collect their medical records from the various providers who generated the patient’s medical records. Often these records can help to understand a disease progression that is critical for the patient’s treatment plan. But patient records often reside at various providers who store these in proprietary, incompatible and disconnected silos, often requiring the patient show up in person to receive a CD or printed paper copy. Without these records in hand, a patient’s diagnosis can be incorrect or incomplete. Expensive and sometimes uncomfortable tests may have to be performed again.

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3 Strategies for Imaging Practices to Grow in Times of COVID-19

We are all feeling the impact of COVID-19 on our lives as well as on our professions. Medical imaging practices are similarly being impacted. Unfortunately, much of the affect of this disease will have long-standing implications that will linger far beyond the containment of COVID-19. In order to survive and perhaps even grow in the new reality, imaging practices will need to make drastic adjustments in how they operate.

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Littrell Radiology provides timely chiropractic radiological reads

Littrell Radiology is a chiropractic radiology practice based in Wilton, Iowa that provides timely and detailed radiological interpretation services for physicians and their patients across the country. Tracey Littrell, the proprietor, has built strong relationships within the tight-knit community of chiropractic care while still dedicating time to teaching at Palmer College of Chiropractic for the past 20 years. Dr. Littrell enjoys teaching while her years in the classroom has enabled her to maintain lasting connections with her chiropractic students, many of whom end up requesting consults from her once they’ve established their own practices.

Dr. Littrell has extensive training beyond the chiropractic doctoral program. She holds several certifications well beyond the standard for her industry, including Diplomate of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (DIANM), and Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR). The DACBR certificate is held by fewer than 350 people in the U.S. and requires an extensive residency and successful completion of 2 board examinations. 

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How Tungsten Medical Network Delivers on Quality and Service for ENT Practices

If you are an ENT subspecialist, you’ve probably heard of Tungsten Medical Network. If you haven’t, you probably should. Tungsten is a leading supplier of in-office CT scanners focused entirely on the ENT market. Everything Tungsten does is centered around quality; from the Morita scanners they sell to the white glove support they provide to all of their clients. 

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How Diagnostic Imaging is Safely Spreading the Word About Patient Access

As mentioned in an earlier blog, Diagnostic Imaging is taking steps to keep their patients safer and happier amid the COVID-19 pandemic by offering copies of their scans directly on their mobile phone. This helps their patients avoid waiting for copies of their scans burned to a CD after their radiology visit. An important aspect of the success of this new offering is spreading the word to patients while continuing to limit in-person interactions.

In order to support our partner in marketing Patient Access to their patients, we visited Diagnostic Imaging's office to provide marketing materials to spread the word without spreading germs! We created flyers, posters and reference cards for their staff to effortlessly communicate the value of Patient Access. 

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How South American Health Care Practices Continue to Work Safely During COVID-19

More than two million COVID-19 cases have been recorded and more than 100,000 people have died in Latin America according to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to healthcare, workers continue to man the front lines and do their best to serve their patients.

When COVID-19 first struck, Purview sprang into action. We offered one of our products, software for remote diagnostic image viewing, free of charge for healthcare workers around the globe. But healthcare goes beyond traditional doctors and patients, and for Purview this also includes forensics and veterinarians.

In Latin America, two of the organizations that adopted Purview Image during the pandemic were Abanimal Imágenes Diagnósticas in Bogatá, Columbia and Instituto de Radiología in São Paulo, Brazil.

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The ROI of Remote Second Opinions

The telehealth market is expected to multiply three-fold to $130.5 billion USD by 2025. The increase in demand has been propelled by consumer preferences but the catalyst for the rapid growth can be largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote Second Opinions are a particularly appropriate use of telemedicine, since much of the work is assembling and reviewing existing clinical data. If you’re not currently offering remote second opinions in your practice, now is a good time to consider getting started.


An important question when exploring the benefits of remote second opinions, other than your patients’ demand, is the potential for increasing your revenue. You need to be sure it’s worth your investment before committing, and we get that. In this post we will walk you through the costs associated with offering remote second opinions and the potential revenue to help you decide whether it is an investment that you want to make.

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Our Commitment to Customer Service

With immediate phone availability and email response times averaging less than 5 minutes, customer support and satisfaction are among Purview’s highest priorities. We understand healthcare presents a unique challenge to physicians and IT teams around the world. We strive to address these challenges with quick response times, high-level training, and strict satisfaction goals.

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How Patient Perspectives on Telehealth are Changing

As providers grapple with the question of whether telehealth services can provide sufficient care as a substitute for an in-person visit, the global telehealth market is moving forward with or without them. Projections expect the market to multiply by more than 3x by 2025 – to $130.5 billion. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth was being adopted at a snail's pace. Today, providers have had no choice but to adopt some form of remote communication with their patients in order to stay afloat. Although the pandemic was the catalyst, there have been many factors that have been slowly moving the healthcare industry toward telehealth, the greatest being patient demand.

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5 Steps to Offering Remote Second Opinions for Subspecialists

If you are licensed in a subspecialty, there is a strong likelihood that someone is seeking your opinion.  You won’t be surprised to hear that some subspecialties like Oncology, Cardiology and Neurology are always in demand. But plenty of others, including: dentistry, Orthopedics, ENT’s OBGYNs and others, are also finding demand for their services. You may be under the impression that this is a difficult and costly service to begin offering, but that just simply is not the case.

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How primary care physicians need to adapt to reach millennials

As a primary care physician (PCP), you may feel as though you are less at the forefront of healthcare than you once were. This may be due in part to younger generation's tendencies to opt for other options, but that doesn't need to be the case. Understanding these shifts in healthcare and the priorities of these generations, combined with implementation of certain technologies, can help you adapt.

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Spotlight: How do physicians use Telehealth during coronavirus?

Hi, my name is Kai Rivera, and I am the Project & Implementation Specialist at Purview.

Over the past month we have shared with you the free of charge services and products Purview is offering to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is electronic Access, Collaboration and Sharing of medical records wherever necessary for any person or organization who may need it.

Now, we want to highlight a few of our existing customers who have used Purview's solutions to navigate the hurdles that COVID-19 has presented to their practice: 

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Should my subspecialist practice offer remote second opinions?

The trend had already begun, but the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has kicked it into overdrive.

Subspecialists are adopting telemedicine technology to provide their expertise to patients they never even meet. Sound exotic? It’s not. The Washington Post projects over 1 billion telehealth visits by the end of 2020. Subspecialists are finding a growing opportunity to expand their domain to patients who otherwise might not have this specialization available to them.

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Is my hospital prepared to offer remote second opinions?

Many hospitals that have relied solely on their brick and mortar facilities are now realizing that their physical location is only a part of the health care arsenal they can wield. While hospital facilities are valuable, rare and difficult to reproduce, they often limit their accessibility to those that are geographically local and sufficiently mobile to take advantage of an in-person visit. Beyond the physical structure, the most valuable asset that the hospital employs are its expert physicians. With the appropriate digital infrastructure, their expertise can be deployed well beyond the four walls of the facility.

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How can my hospital choose the best software for a remote or second opinion service?

In the post-COVID-19 world, most hospitals will be scrambling to reclaim the revenue they missed during the pandemic. Certainly, a good portion of normal operational revenue will revive as patients become more comfortable returning to the hospital for non-emergency conditions and delayed procedures. But making up for the losses arising during the pandemic will be a daunting task.

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Should hospitals offer a remote second opinion service?

Second opinions are becoming an important component for patient healthcare. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic identified that as many as 88 percent of second opinions either differ to refine the original patient diagnosis [1]. This occurs more often than not when the physician rendering the second opinion has specialized expertise in the field in question and has the benefit of careful review of the patient’s prior complete set of clinical data.

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Spotlight: How can physicians and veterinarians use Telehealth during coronavirus?

Spotlight: How can physicians and veterinarians use Telehealth during coronavirus?

Hi, my name is Kai Rivera, and I am the Project & Implementation Specialist at Purview.

Over the past month we have shared with you the free of charge services and products Purview is offering to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is electronic Access, Collaboration and Sharing of medical records wherever necessary for any person or organization who may need it.

Now, we want to again highlight a few organizations who have taken us up on this offer, in order to continue to provide care to their communities: 

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What telemedicine software is best for remote second opinions?

Hospitals and subspecialists are being called on, now more than ever, to provide their expertise to patients without an in -person face-to-face visit.  With the need for social distancing and stay at home orders, patients seeking second opinions are looking for the best medical expertise they can get without having to stray too far from home.

For patients in more rural areas or for more complex and critical cases, sometimes urban or even regional centers are where that expertise is more likely located. Traveling, sometimes long distances, to one of these facilities without first knowing whether they are ready and capable of treating that condition is often not advised. Instead, patients would prefer to communicate their case information in advance and only travel if the facility expects the visit to be advisable.

Hospitals seeking to expand their reach and perhaps even to increase revenue are heeding the call.  But to do so requires a solution that captures patients' clinical information, performs video consults and enables them to communicate with the patient, his or her referring physician and other health care experts both within ad outside of their own facility. Choosing which to use is a challenge.

Hospitals need to choose whether to acquire their own software to expose their unique expertise and brand to a larger audience or become a recipient for a third party network of specialists that refer cases to the hospital.  The decision usually comes down to whether the hospital wants to control its own process and outsource the administration of these cases or whether this service will be part of the hospitals core offering.

Below are some of the considerations for which approach to select.

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How are providers using Purview's Telehealth services during coronavirus?

Hi, I’m Kai Rivera, Project & Implementation Specialist at Purview.

Last week we shared with you the free of charge services and products Purview is offering to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is electronic Access, Collaboration and Sharing of medical records wherever necessary for any person or organization who may need it.

Now, we want to highlight a few organizations who have taken us up on this offer, in order to continue to provide care to their communities: 

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Doctors and patients can meet remotely through synchronous video conferencing within Purview's Expert View

What is telemedicine and what type is best for my organization?

PSA-  Purview is offering a number of solutions and services free of charge to aid with the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about them here. 

In this series of blogs, Translating Healthcare, we will highlight and break down the meaning of phrases and terminology that are increasingly used, but not always widely understood, in healthcare today.

The words Telehealth and Telemedicine are showing up with increasing frequency on medical blogs, websites, and in the news. Since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, you likely have even heard them directly from the mouths of healthcare providers, legislators and supporters.

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How has coronavirus changed Medicare coverage for Telehealth services?

As providers adopt Telehealth solutions as safe alternatives to in-person visits, many are wondering whether coverage for these services has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in the US, the popularity of Telehealth – remote electronic communications between physicians, other healthcare providers and patients - had been somewhat limited. The limited use of electronic patient engagement was in large part due to restrictive reimbursement for those services by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

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Will Older Patients Use an App for Medical Image Access?

A concern we often hear from physicians who hesitate to adopt online imaging access is that their older patients won't be comfortable with digital healthcare tools. In reality, seniors are more engaged with digital devices than ever before thanks to the vast health, social, and safety benefits that these tools offer. An app will actually make it easier for your patients to keep track of their imaging and share their images with their healthcare provider team.

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Is There A Mobile App To Access Patient Medical Imaging?

The short answer: YES! Health apps are increasingly becoming an integral part of healthcare, and luckily medical imaging is no exception. Today, patients use apps for everything from tracking their nutrition and exercise to making sure they take their medication on time. Now they can also easily access and share their medical images from the Patient Access app on their smartphones and tablets!

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Patients Can Share Medical Images Without Delays or Costs to Providers

How many times have you been glued to your phone or laptop, tracking an important package as it travels from the original location, through each stop, until it finally makes it to your door? You may have even made a point to be home all day in order to sign for it. Perhaps this package contained the newest iPhone, a Christmas gift you didn't want unknowingly intercepted by the intended recipient, or another valuable item you don't want stolen off of your front porch or lost in transit. Waiting for that package can feel like time is moving backwards. Imagine how your patients feel, already anxious about their medical issue, as they wait for a CD copy of their x-ray or CT scan to arrive by mail. There has to be a better way to deliver imaging to patients. In fact, there is.. and it doesn't have to cost your practice a dime.

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Improve Medical Outcomes with Online Patient Access to Medical Images

Patients know the digital trend is slowly but surely finding its way into the healthcare system. They now expect that every doctor’s appointment will end with a reminder to login to their provider’s Patient Portal, giving them access to view blood test results, basic physician’s notes and even the option to schedule another appointment or send their doctor a direct message. One key piece of information is often missing from this patient-facing platform: their medical images. 

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3 Reasons Why CDs are Obsolete in Medical Imaging

 

Remember when transferring medical images meant giving a patient physical film

Medical images on film were physically carried when needed in another location for a second opinion or other medical attention. The patient or referring physician held the responsibility of returning the images to their originating location once they were no longer needed. This process was revolutionized by the compact disc (CD). A single disc could hold copies of multiple imaging studies, meaning the images didn’t have to be returned to the originating provider. The CD could be shared or transferred by mail or hand-delivery and another copy could be made, if needed. 

But today, CDs are a burden, rather than a blessing. They require expensive materials, labor and precious time, when a cloud-based alternative achieves the same purpose for a lower cost and less effort. It’s no question: CDs are obsolete in medical imaging.

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Access to Medical Images: Are You Meeting Your Patients' Expectations?

Today's unprecedented access to information has transformed how we, as consumers, make purchasing decisions. Whether it's a smaller purchase such as a new pair of shoes or a larger purchase like a new car, we no longer rely solely on carefully crafted marketing materials for product information.

Instead, we examine online reviews and request recommendations from our network of friends by tapping into social media. This information is instantly available through mobile devices and online platforms. The same is true for patients seeking healthcare:  they are more engaged than ever before and they expect a higher level of transparency and service from their providers, including easier access to their medical images and records.

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Online Access to Medical Images Benefits Cholangiocarcinoma Patients

February is Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month, a time to highlight the rare liver disease that affects 1-2 people in 100,000 per year. We are highly aware of cholangiocarcinoma due to our friend and investor Mike Shane who passed away last year after a strong fight against this disease. In his memory, we established the Mike Shane Memorial Fund to help patients who have this diagnosis overcome financial barriers to getting a needed remote second opinion. Part of this effort involves making it as easy as possible for patients to get their medical information, including medical images, to the physician to review for a second opinion.

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Patients Prefer Self-Pay for Copies of Their Medical Images

Many physicians and healthcare providers don’t charge their patients for a copy of their medical images because they fear their patients’ reaction. Ironically, providing “free” CDs to their patients is actually causing more harm than good. Patients we’ve spoken with would prefer paying a small fee for online access, which is actually valuable to them, rather than receiving the burden accompanied by that free CD. Take this story for example…

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Yale Researchers Warn Hospitals: Using CDs for Patient Image Delivery is 'Immediate Issue'

Hospitals waste thousands of dollars on inefficient patient imaging delivery by CDs. Why does this method prevail when hospitals could easily adopt a more efficient, less expensive, and even free, format that would better serve their patients?

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine were left with the same question after evaluating patient imaging delivery in hospitals across the United States.

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Should Patients Have Access to Medical Images?

As a responsible physician, you may worry about the potential effects of giving your patients electronic access to their medical images. However, many of these fears aren’t justified by the facts. If you’re worried about the dangers of giving your patients access to their medical images, the following may help to put your mind at ease.

Let’s take a look at the risks and benefits of sharing medical images with patients:

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Deliver Patient Access to Medical Images Without Using CDs

Savvy patients are demanding access to their medical information. They know that capturing this information at the point of treatment will save them time and aggravation should they need it in the future. This is more comprehensive than a simple collection of their medical history. They want copies of their radiology reports, pathology reports, diagnoses, prescriptions, electronic health records, and, of course, their medical imaging.

Your delivery of this information will impact your patients’ satisfaction, as well as your budget. How are you delivering your patients images today, and how can you improve this process? We have an answer for you.

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Smartphones are Changing the Way Patients Access Medical Images

Smartphones are modernizing the traditional medical imaging practice. Patients no longer leave their appointment carrying a CD, which will inevitably be lost or forgotten by the time they need it for their next appointment. Now, they simply login to their secure online portal and pull up their image whenever and wherever it's needed. For providers who are considering adopting this new method of imaging delivery, we have some thoughts for you.

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Four Steps for a More Efficient Clinical Trial

Clinical trials are a critical part of the development of medicine and treatments. In the United States, there are just under 400,000 clinical trials in progress at the time of this writing. However the clinical trial market is becoming increasingly saturated, with a smaller participant pool to recruit from. This causes many to cancel clinical trials before they even start, which can lead to a loss of money and time invested. So, how can you keep your clinical trial on track to ensure efficiency throughout?

In order to develop an efficient clinical trial, or make your current clinical trial more effective, you will need to consider the important steps necessary to execute the trial. We're going to take it back to the basics and cover some basic steps that are important for any clinical trial and discuss the ways in which those steps can be executed with supporting technology.

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3 Benefits of Giving Your Patients Self-Service Access to Mammograms

A breast cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. Depending upon the recommended treatment, many patients may want to get a second opinion from another subspecialist before proceeding. This process can be burdensome for everyone involved - you, your patient and the physician providing a second opinion - thanks to the antiquated method of sharing mammograms - gathering your information by mailing CDs or sending faxes (or, even worse - mailing the film itself!) 

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Take Ownership of Your Health: Ask Your Doctor for Your Mammograms

October marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With one in eight women receiving a diagnosis in her lifetime (in the U.S.), there’s a high chance this disease has impacted you, if not by your own experience, perhaps through a friend or relative’s diagnosis. Early detection is the best way to stay ahead of this disease, and that involves taking ownership of your own health. Your first step is to ask for copies of your mammograms.

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How to Own Your Health Through Second Opinions

Note: When urgent treatment is required, it is important not to wait to receive a second opinion. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Think about the last time you bought a car. If I were a betting woman, I would wager that you shopped around at many dealers, spoke with friends and family about your options, and gathered all the information you could before deciding on the vehicle that would hopefully transport you for years to come. As well you should – a purchase of that size is a big commitment.

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The Last Mile in Health Care

Health care is trying to keep up with the digital age, but unfortunately, it’s failing. Thanks to the internet, you can complete almost every essential life task online from ordering groceries, to buying movie tickets and paying bills. When it comes to transferring your medical records to a new physician, though, you frequently run into a technological dead end. Despite the patient portal and electronic health record (EHR) platforms available, there seems to be no easy and efficient way to deliver concise, relevant health information, including medical images, to the right place at the right time. It's clear that health care has a last mile problem.

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What's Wrong with US Health Care?

The U.S. spends more per capita and as a percentage of GDP on health care than any other country. However, it ranks 9th among comparable countries, well below the average, in terms of its amenable mortality, or the rate of deaths considered preventable by timely and effective care, and 12th in life expectancy. What factors contribute to these statistics and what is being done about it?

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Veterinarian? Here Are 3 Steps To Share Records With Specialists

Physicians treating humans are not the only ones that have a need to share images with specialists in a prompt manner. In fact, if you are a veterinary specialist reading this, you have probably endured a great deal of frustration with people who feel that treatment for animals is not as much a time sensitive priority as human healthcare treatment. Well, we are here to tell you that we care about animals just as much as you and agree that sharing important life saving images should not be a time-consuming process. Here are three easy steps to start expediting things right away...

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How Providers Can Get Comfortable Charging Patients for Copies of Their Medical Images

With limited exceptions, the HIPAA Privacy Rule gives patients and their legal representatives the right to receive copies of their health records, including medical images. Most patients still receive their images on a CD or DVD, incurring substantial costs for the provider. Although the HIPAA Privacy Rule clearly permits providers to charge a reasonable, cost-based fee to help cover the expense, many providers hesitate to do so, fearing their patients will feel like they are being nickel and dimed.

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How Your Medical Practice Can Avoid Burning CDs

Ugh…burning medical imaging CDs for patients…

With all of the advances we have with internet connectivity and technology, why is burning a compact disc still the most popular way to store and share patient’s medical images?

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Teaching with Medical Images: Delivering a Deeper Learning Experience

In healthcare, as in life, no textbook lesson can provide the depth of learning that a real experience can. With today’s technology, educators can provide their students with a deeper, more realistic learning experience, especially in regards to using and studying medical imaging. Educators and students alike now have greater flexibility and a wider variety of resources available to them with the evolution of cloud-based medical imaging software. The innovative educators utilizing this technology can more easily prepare their lessons and analyze their students’ progress; not to mention, students are better equipped with the tools and experience required for their future professions.

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Modality Vendors Find an Incremental Profit Opportunity With Purview’s Cloud

Modality vendors often face a common challenge during the sales process: their devices are too large to bring to a prospect’s office for a demonstration. Even if they did, the setup and safety of temporarily operating the device for this purpose is beyond reason in just about every situation. So how does the modality vendor, especially one generating high resolution images in multiple dimensions, show off the capabilities of their device to a prospective customer?

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Using Purview for Radiology Modality Tech Support

Purview’s solutions can be used in a variety of ways, as we’ve seen with many of our customers. Recently, one of our newest clients came up with an innovative use for Purview’s cloud-based platform. This international-scale medical imaging modality vendor, which serves veterinarians and physicians, was seeking a way to increase the productivity of their service technicians (techs) and reduce wasted time and resources.

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How an Urgent Care Chain Improved their Business by Providing Patient Access to Medical Images

Righttime Medical Care provides urgent care for patients through more than 17 locations throughout Maryland, as well as through telehealth services. Frequently, patients visiting a Righttime facility require an x-ray of an extremity such as a potentially fractured wrist or a broken ankle. Righttime operates a mini C-arm to capture these images and can provide a copy to the patient so he or she can then take the image to their physician or a specialist for further treatment. For years, Righttime delivered these images to patients as printed film. “The radiologists hated us for sending that over because they couldn’t see enough to make a diagnosis,” said Dr. Robert Graw, CEO and founder of Righttime Medical Care, during a webinar with Purview.

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Why You Should Provide Better Patient Access to Medical Images

The battleground of today’s business world revolves around the customer experience. Whether you are selling cars, cheeseburgers, or radiological services, the 21st century customer demands to be treated with respect and warmth. Accordingly, in nearly all industries, the customer experience is gaining sharpened attention. Specifically, customers demand information transparency and this trend is only growing, especially for millennial consumers. Most customers understand that information is power and that knowledge drives effective decision making. People can access their financial data in two clicks and a swipe on their smartphones. Similarly, most companies are becoming transparent and providing patients access to their information anytime and anywhere.

Why, then, do patients still find difficulty accessing their medical information?

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My Summer Internship at Purview

Carly Cherches, a senior at Union College, reflects on her summer 2018 internship as an inbound marketing intern with Purview. Carly will graduate in Spring 2019 with a degree in biomedical engineering.

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Radiology Reports with Key Images Improve Communication

A standard radiology report is a useful way to capture and succinctly communicate the results of most imaging scans, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Whether in human health or veterinarian care, this summary of the identified condition and diagnosis is a critical communication tool between the radiologist and the treating physician or patient. While radiology reports are traditionally comprised of text, reports with key images improve communication by providing a new layer of depth and understanding for physicians and their patients.

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Purview Establishes Medical Image Cloud In Australia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Annapolis, Maryland - September 8, 2018 – Purview announced today its Australia-based cloud is now available for commercial use, enabling the securestorage, archive, access and sharing of medical images within the country. By establishing cloud storage via a datacenter in Sydney, private health information stored with Purview complies fully with The Federal Privacy Act 1988, as amended by the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 and its Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), as well as State and Territory storage requirements. With this compliance, Purview is able to host private medical data of Australian patients, providing healthcare professionals with greater mobility and better storage and accessibility.

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A Medical Imaging Cloud PACS for Equine Veterinarians Enables Mobility

Medical imaging is an important tool for the equine veterinarian. Whether it’s the x-ray of a sore foot or an ultrasound of a heart, imaging can be used in many aspects of equine evaluation and care. But equine vets have a challenge that is somewhat unique to them – they often have to mobilize their equipment to meet or treat the patient.

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Clinical Trial Challenges: Medical Records

Medical imaging is playing an increasingly important role in the clinical development of new treatments. However, capturing, sharing, and using medical records in these trials can pose a few challenges. What is needed is a simple and efficient way to request, organize and present medical records when there are a multitude of medical institutions involved.

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How to Use Medical Images as a Litigation Tool

Everyone knows that litigation is an expensive process. Both the costs of engaging in litigation as well as the growing size of judgements are adding to the precision required when it comes to trail preparation and court appearances. Medical malpractice and personal injury claim awards in the US are soaring into double digit millions of dollars. 

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How to Access Australia Cloud Storage for Medical Imaging Without Breaking Privacy Laws

Healthcare professionals around the world are realizing that Cloud access is making it easier for them to share and access medical images while away from their office or while they are mobile, giving them more flexibility. Sharing medical images for second opinion, with other experts and even patients is an increasingly important aspect of patient care.  Utilizing the cloud to enable sharing allows us to control access to these images without exposing them or violating the privacy of a patient. 

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A Strong Password Keeps The Hackers Away

 While developers and PACS vendors will go the extra mile and try to convince you that their solution is safe and secure, don’t take their word for it. The ugly truth is that your solution can be compromised and hacked if you are not taking the measures to protect your business. It’s incredibly simple to avoid a breach and only takes a moment to implement. Here’s how:

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Are You Taking The Measures To Protect Your Patient's PHI?

We now have the technology to unlock devices with our faces, but that doesn’t mean that we are immune to data loss as a result of poor image management. Here’s a question, how do you manage your patient medical images? Do you store them in a local hard drive, filing cabinet, image router, or onsite PACS? If you selected any of these options, it is likely that you are possibly one of many victims to data loss, and if not - you still have time to take the measures to protect your patient's private health information (PHI). 

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Still Mailing Patient Records? You Could Be Fined Upwards Of $1M!

When I was growing up, my parents had a traditional mailbox in front of their house. It was an aluminum box painted with flowers that sat upon a wooden post. I can still recall looking out the window and knowing that the mail person had come and gone because the outgoing flag was no longer raised. Today, the cutesy mailboxes are a thing of the past. In fact, their mass exodus has led to the influx of boxes that have physical lock and keys. Why? Not to be dramatic, but it’s because your mail is not safe, and if you are sending or receiving medical records and images through that very mailbox, you’re at great risk.

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What Is Cloud Storage With A PACS?

Everyone needs storage. However, not all medical imaging storage solutions are made equal. Where most specialists get confused is how to determine the difference between local and Cloud storage. The solution you choose is part of a big decision that will impact your practice. Here is what vendors mean when they talk about Cloud storage.…

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What Is Local Storage For Medical Imaging?

In your research for medical imaging storage, you may have come across local storage. Fact of the matter is that you can be an imaging center, referring physician, radiologist, or any other specialist requiring access to imaging - you still need storage. In this article, we discuss what local storage is, if it is for you, and what the pros and cons are...

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What Kind Of PACS Should I Get For My Modality?

What PACS Should I Get For My New Modality?

All modality owners know that they have other purchases left to be made. The most important of which is probably a PACS. While there are many different implementations available for a PACS solution, the one you select is determined based off of your needs and the way your practice’s workflow is built out. Overall, there are three main categories of PACS. Here is how to tell which one is right for you…

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I Just Bought A Modality. Now What?

First time modality buyers can find themselves in a conundrum if their modality vendor is not a one stop shop. When you purchase any modality, you get the ability to take medical images and send those images somewhere. What you still need to purchase depends on your use case and business infrastructure, but a PACS is almost a definite must have. Here’s why…

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Local, Hybrid, Cloud...What Kind Of PACS Do I Need?

A PACS is not a cookie cutter system where one size fits all. In fact, there are many different variations of the kinds of PACS available to you. Listed below are the 3 categories. Not sure which one applies to your practice? Contact us for a consultation and we will help you figure out what size PACS you need, and which type would work best for you.

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Cloud Storage for Medical Examiners

Why Cloud Storage Makes Sense For Medical Examiners

Medical Examiners have a unique task. They are unlike other specialists that focus on a single aspect of the human body. Instead they focus on the whole. Medical Examiners view countless full body scans in their professional lives. In fact, if you thought a series of head CTs was large, this is a whole new frontier of large data sets. But be warned, if you are using anything other than the Cloud for storing these images, you’re at risk.

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HIPAA vs GDPR – What Do I Need To Know?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) is like HIPAA...and then some. In fact, if you thought HIPAA had high fines, the revised GDPR will give you a run for your money. So, do yourself a favor and take the precautions necessary to abide by these new regulations, which are set to go into effect on May 25, 2018....

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Why Imaging Centers Need Cloud Access

Still burning CD’s at the end of each patient visit? That is so 1999. If you find that your imaging center has to lengthen each patient’s visit due to burning their images onto physical media and/or mailing those images out to Referring Physicians , fret not - the solution you have been waiting for is here. In fact, this is old news, because this technology has been here for some time now. So, if you are trying to get off the expensive bandwagon of burning CDs and DVDs for every patient you see, continue reading to learn how you can remedy that.

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Is There an Alternative to Burning CDs For Patient Imaging?

Anytime you see a patient that has medical imaging taken, you have to provide them copies of their information. If you don’t, then they won’t have an easy way to share that information with specialists regarding their condition. Besides, if you don’t provide them with a copy of their imaging, the responsibility is fully yours to send the imaging where it is needed. So, while we can agree that giving patients ownership with their medical imaging generally makes everyone content, is there a better and cheaper option other than burning CDs and DVDs?

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Love Open Source? A Hybrid PACS Solution Might Be For You

People like to stay in their comfort zones. And if those zones are efficient solutions, then sure - why change anything? That’s why when we hear from clients that say that they love their desktop viewer and don’t want to discontinue using Horos, OsiriX, or whatever - we get it. But a desktop viewer alone won’t solve all your problems. Here is how a hybrid solution might be what you have been waiting for…

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How to Share Your Radiology Reports in a Single Click

Just the other day I overheard someone talking to a receptionist at their doctor’s office. They were asking for the fax number so that their physical therapist could send over the report and discharge summary. Now, is it just us, or is this baffling? It’s 2018. We have the ability to literally pay with our face...on our mobile devices, but we still have to fax medical reports and records? If you don’t care to get a physical paper receipt for every cup of coffee you buy, then you probably are not too keen on having to read faxed reports with smudged ink. Share your radiology reports with a single click on a secure platform. Here’s how…

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How to Use Key Images in Your Radiology Reports

One of the many responsibilities of radiologists is to prepare a report on the cases they have read. These reports serve as a foundation to the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment. The gating factor often is the key images upon which the report is grounded. Reporting modules lacking the ability to attach or refer to key images can get to be cumbersome. It’s too many clicks and too much time wasted. If you don’t have the following key images features in your reporting solution, think again…

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Do You Have These Features With Your Radiology Reports?

Is producing reports a big part of your everyday routine? If so, there are certain features that you probably have on a wish list to make your process more efficient and effective. In fact, there are some platforms that make creating reports and absolute pain in the neck. We’re here to tell you that managing reports has become relatively simplified. Here's how solutions like Purview ViVA impact radiology workflows around the world...

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Is Your Radiology Practice Being Restriced to a Mac?

No one cares for restrictions. Especially when it comes to hindering your access to your patient’s medical images. There are numerous platforms out there that permit you to view those images on only a Mac platform. Which doesn’t always make it easy. What if you cannot afford an expensive AppleTM machine, or what if you are just a PC user all the way?

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Is Your Medical Viewer Diagnostically Approved? You Might Be At Risk.

There’s nothing wrong with using a solution that works for you. That can be a solution that costs thousands of dollars for an annual subscription or one that comes completely free. We support the medical imaging community to use whatever platform and integrations that bring the most value to their business. However, there is a concern. If you are using a viewer that does not have FDA, CE, or other certifications - you might want to think twice before making a diagnosis.

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What Size PACS Do I Need?

We are often asked this question by providers who are considering replacing their PACS.  They want to replace it with a PACS that is big enough to serve their needs but not one that is expensive beyond their means. Here's how to calculate the PACS size you really need....

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What is DICOM?

There are so many different formats out there: JPEG, PNG, PDF, MP3, MOV… the list just goes on and on. While these formats might ring a bell, many people are caught off guard by DICOM. What is it? Plain and simple, DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and COmmunications in Medicine. So, if you are in the medical field and trying to figure out what this format is and how it is relevant to you, keep reading.

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Go Mobile With Your Patient’s Medical Imaging

Having anytime anywhere access to your patient’s medical images can be a life saver. You cannot always have your desktop viewing station with you at all times. It’s physically impossible. If you are on rounds, visiting another facility, or on the go - having the ability to view medical images on a mobile device can save immense time and energy. However, be warned that not all vendors have a solution that is FDA approved that can be viewed on mobile devices. Why not? Glad you asked.

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Five Reasons To Take Your Veterinary Practice To The Cloud

The Cloud has a great deal to offer veterinarians and their businesses. Only when pigs fly will all PACS, image viewers, and veterinary image management solutions be created equal. The proper integration with a Cloud solution can make or break your practice. While everyone has individual needs for the best solution for their situation, there is always room for improvement. Here are five reasons why you need to take your veterinary business to Cloud.

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What is a RIS (Radiology Information System)?

Gone are the days where you would walk into your doctor's office, and they would have to physically pull out your charts and files from a giant rickety cabinet. Everything was paper-based up until the 1990’s. That’s when technology really began to lift off. Since then, most of us have transitioned to adding terms like smart phone, PACS, and RIS to our vernacular. But seriously, what the heck is a RIS?

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Do You Have The Right PACS For Mammography and DBT Images?

It’s true, mammograms are still the best tool to detect breast cancer. US breast cancer statistics report that in 2018, 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer. Which all boils down to one scary fact: approximately 40,920 women in the US are “expected” to die from breast cancer in 2018 alone. Mammograms are the first step to taking preventative measures, but it doesn’t stop there. What about how these images are viewed by a radiologist? Not all PACS are created equal. In fact, do you know if you are even viewing high quality breast images on an approved DICOM viewer?

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Cloud PACS vs Local Onsite PACS

Maybe a local, stationary, physical PACS is enough for you. We get it - not everyone wants to update their system. If it’s not broke, why fix it...right? Well, we would say wrong, but I’ll let you make that decision for yourself. A local PACS in today’s age is a temporary fix, while a Cloud based PACS is a long term solution for the management of your medical images. So, what do you really need - a short term fix or long term security? Learn what the differences are with a Cloud PACS versus a local onsite PACS.

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Why Every Physician Needs Mobile Access to Medical Images

Having the ability to share and access medical images anytime, anywhere is a great feature to have in your Cloud PACS infrastructure. It allows you the flexibility to not have to be at your desktop to view your images. But have you put much consideration into having mobile unlimited access to your medical images? What if you could access your patient’s records on any device, anytime, anywhere? What if these images were diagnostically approved?

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The US Medical Device Excise Tax Is Back

While it may have been in moratorium, it’s coming back full force. Manufacturers and importers of taxable medical devices should be expecting a 2.3% tax on US sales. For those of you that fall into this category, be sure to report the sales of your taxable devices to the IRS by the right deadlines.

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Why Every Surgeon Needs Patient Imaging Backup For Surgery

Technology is fallible, and while it has come a long way in the medical industry - it’s still not perfect. Any surgeon knows that “going in blind” is never step one. However, no one can predict when a local PACS will crash, internet service will be down, or even if the power will go out. If you happen to be in surgery, unless if you have the physical films present, you are taking a great risk. Don’t be caught without a roadmap to your operation. Here’s an idea for a backup solution for such a predicament.

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How To Improve Your Hospital PACS

If you work at a hospital you most probably have interaction with a PACS. But are you really getting the most efficiency out of your existing solution? What if a patient visits a satellite location? Is it cumbersome to get your hands on their images and records in the moment you need them? Is it easy to collaborate with your colleagues on those tough cases, or do you have to hunt them down, and make sure you both are in the same room at the same time? If any of these scenarios ring a bell, keep reading. We have a simple solution for you.

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Upgrade Your PACS

If your practice either views or reads images, you are probably acquainted with a PACS. However, are you getting the most out of your solution? Chances are that if you are still using a local PACS, you are not. Upgrading to a Cloud PACS solution can significantly help make your workflow more efficient and effective. Why not save some time and maybe even improve medical outcomes while you’re at it? Here’s a sneak peak at some of the advanced features a Cloud PACS can provide you.

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How To Transfer My Medical Records To A New Provider

People move, and sometimes you just want to see a different doctor for whatever reason. Yet, when you make that choice, you also might have to figure out how your medical records will transfer to your new provider. Sure, your previous physician might offer to send your records over. However, you don’t know when or how those records will get to their new destination. It is also possible that you are hesitant for this transport, as you know that no mail carrier is 100% guaranteed to get your package delivered on time, in tact….or at all. Nobody wants their x-rays, blood tests, and other private health information to be floating around in the universe. We get it, and we have a way to make this entire process less of a nuisance for you.

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ENT? Prepare Yourself For The Appointment Rush Coming Your Way

With the flu season afoot and illness being swept around, January is looking to be a busy month for Otolaryngologists around the country. However, don’t be caught without the proper infrastructure to support your influx of patients. Not having a Cloud based solution can be putting you at risk for losing your records and being as efficient and effective as possible. Breeze through more patients this season with support from the Cloud.

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Stay Out Of The Office During The Holidays With The Cloud

 The holidays are literally right around the corner. Do you really want to stay after hours at the office reading scans? Most likely, probably not. We get it, it can be frustrating having to stay late because you had to wait for a study to arrive via your mail carrier. It’s going on 2018. Sharing medical images to be read by a radiologist should not be so archaic. The Cloud enables radiologists to share, access, and go mobile with their medical images anytime, anywhere - so long as you have internet access. Which overall means that you can read diagnostically approved images from the comfort of your own home without being restricted to your desktop DICOM viewer.

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RSNA 2017: AI, Machine Learning, and Cloud Enablement

Every year before the Thanksgiving turkey has even settled, tens of thousands of medical professionals descend on Chicago’s McCormick Place for the largest radiology conference in the world. If you have never been to the annual Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) event, it is a sight to behold. Turn after turn, you run into extravagant booths highlighting cutting edge technology with live demonstrations aimed at catching your attention. While one vendor had a waterfall with the droplets forming their logo, another let you try on a set of augmented reality goggles, promising to be the future of surgery. And of course there was the  host of shirtless men receiving live ultrasounds. Overall, RSNA is sensory overload. That’s why we at Purview try to keep things in perspective and remember that the most valuable aspect of RSNA is the people.

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Need A Veterinary Imaging Backup For Surgery?

While advancements in technology have made life saving accomplishments, it is safe to say that technology is not perfect. In fact, relying on it blindly in emergency situations would be foolhardy. In fact, every surgeon knows that going in blind should never be a first or even second thought. While it may seem like there aren’t many options other than canceling the surgery, you will be pleased to hear that there are many reliable alternatives to performing such a dangerous feat.

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Patients Can Share Medical Images With Physicians In Moments, For Free

 

Did you know that there are mail services that allow you to actually track your package? No joke. A friend of mine just got the new iPhone X and was glued to his phone, essentially stalking the mail carrier’s truck. He watched the little dot on his phone move up and down the street for about an hour, when finally he decided to stand outside his residence and flag down the truck. Now, obviously there were other packages in the same truck - Amazon orders, other online purchases, and of course medical images burned onto CDs and DVDs. So, here is my question for you: do you really, honestly want to wait for parcelled medical records and images? If the answer is no, we have a solution...and it’s free.
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How Should I View My Imaging?

Cavities, broken bones, and tumors aren’t the only scary things you can find in your medical imaging. In fact, people around the world use Purview products to view images for their own individual purposes. Anthropologists, lawyers, forensic scientists, artists, and medical illustrators are just a few of the unique professions that utilize this technology. Open source desktop viewers and Cloud based web viewers serve different purposes for different needs. Here’s how to determine what viewer is best for you.

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How To Share Medical Images On A Cloud Based Web Viewer

I would love to say that gone are the days when patients would have to physically bring their film with them to appointments. However, I recently was watching a reality TV show (don’t judge) where the celebrity was driving to see a specialist with films of her cervical spine in the passenger seat. I was shocked. Her neck was badly injured, and she wasn’t wearing a brace. What if she had injured it more by having too much range of motion? What if the effects were irreversible? Instead of waiting for however many days, weeks, or even months to get that appointment and deliver the images in person, those images could have been shared instantly with the physician. That’s right - no film, no time sensitive concerns...no problem.

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What Is A Referring Physician Portal?

It doesn’t matter if you are a Referring Physician or an Imaging Center, a Referring Physician Portal could help clean up and speed up your workflow. A Referring Physician Portal is critical to the growth of your business. It applies to the diagnosis coming from the Radiologist at or via an Imaging Center, as well as the treatment plan that is typically made by the Referring Physician upon reading the diagnosis. So what is this portal, and why does it matter? Glad you asked!

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The Cloud Enables Early Breast Cancer Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Over a million patients are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, globally. Breast cancer, like most aggressive diseases does not discriminate by gender, ethnicity, or age. No one is immune. As a patient, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get screened and regular breast exams. As a physician, it is your duty to diagnose and treat the condition to the best of your abilities. And that’s where we come in. We have some ideas about how you can become more efficient and effective in diagnosing and treating your patients.

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HIPAA Compliance With Sharing Medical Images

The sharing of medical images is something that has and always will be a critical aspect of patient care. The information that medical imaging can provide is extremely valuable. If it is not provided in time, it can very possible lead to a delay in diagnosis, which in very severe cases can mean life or death. Without getting overly dramatic, we want to press the importance of good sharing methods that won’t get you in trouble. That’s right, if you are still faxing, burning CDs and DVDs, or parceling your images...think again.

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Medical Imaging & HIPAA Compliance 

While medical imaging is not the major focus of HIPAA or HITECH, it is important that practitioners be wary of the unique issues associated with this type of protected health information (PHI). Medical images are typically dense data files often much larger than their other medical record counterparts. It’s not unusual to find studies or series of images that exceed one gigabyte in size. Their storage, sharing and archive pose unique challenges for the practitioner. Hence, it is important to understand how best utilize this important diagnostic tool while not running afoul of regulations.

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