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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Topics: Veterinary, Forensic Radiologist, Healthcare, covid-19

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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Topics: Healthcare, second opinion, telehealth, hospitals

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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Topics: Healthcare, Expert View, second opinion, telemedicine, telehealth

What funding opportunities are available for healthcare institutions to get Telehealth?

In the midst of this pandemic, now is perhaps the worst time for rural hospitals to be closing. The COVID-19 health emergency has put their already shaky existence at even greater risk. With the government calling for all non-emergency procedures to be delayed, rural hospitals everywhere are encountering extreme financial strain.

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Topics: Healthcare, medicare, telemedicine, covid-19, telehealth, insurance, grants

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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Topics: Purview Blog, Australia, Cloud Storage Solutions, Cloud, Healthcare, News, Press Release, Press Releases, ViVA

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