Big Words of Healthcare: Synchronous vs Asynchronous

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.

Synchronous.

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 do they apply to healthcare?

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Topics: Expert View, asynchronous, synchronous, telemedicine

The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion on Breast Cancer

Once you’ve received a breast cancer diagnosis, your first question will probably be “What are my options?” The second question might (and should) be: “Do you have a recommendation for a second opinion?”

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Topics: patient access, Breast Cancer, Expert View, second opinion

Don't Be a Dinosaur: Patients Want Mobile Access to Medical Images

At the recent Rock Health Summit in San Francisco, a digital healthcare conference focused on tackling healthcare’s biggest challenges, one panelist told a tale that feels all too familiar:

A patient walked into his surgeon’s office ready for his scheduled operation. As requested, he brought along a CD containing a copy of his spine image… only for the surgeons to realize there was no CD drive in the operating room to read it!
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Topics: patient access, Expert View, digital health

Specialty Hospitals Expand Footprint by Serving Other Institutions

If you have a good brand, use it.

Major cities are often home to leading specialty hospitals. We think of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for cardiac care and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City for cancer; brands that are recognizable around the world. The best physician-specialists are attracted to the best hospitals, bolstering their expertise.

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Topics: Purview Solutions, Expert View, medical opinion software

Are Medicaid Patients Being Denied Second Opinions?

Second opinions are, in the words of many within the healthcare industry, essential in the case of critical illness and a 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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Topics: Expert View, second opinion, medical opinion software, medicaid, Mike Shane Memorial Fund, medicare

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