EHR-PACS Integration: What we have here is a failure to communicate

EHR-PACS Integration: Why we’re struggling to connect healthcare records and medical images Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) have followed very different paths resulting in structures that inherently don’t play well together. In fact, the original development of the first EHR and PACS were separated by over twenty years and […]

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Legislative impetus alone is not enough to connect medical images to EHR

Learn the truth about connecting medical images to EHR Within The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act created the concept of meaningful use. The goal of the Act was to modernize the healthcare industry by promoting the use of interoperable Electronic Health Records (EHR). […]

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Becoming advocates of our own healthcare

Each year executives across the country are faced with tough decisions regarding the provision of health care insurance to their employees.  Questions like what type of coverage to provide, how much employees should contribute towards this insurance, and which employees are covered, are coming under much more scrutiny than in the past.   The idea […]

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Why does my doctor want to control my images?

As we discussed in our previous blog post, whomever took your scan legally owns the image. Despite that, we raised several reasons that patients should be interested in controlling their own images. But where do my doctors fit into this puzzle? Dynamite in the Patient’s Hands While it seems obvious that patient-focused-physicians (and most are) might […]

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4 reasons why patients should own their medical images

Why patients should own their medical images? Despite  doctors reluctantly providing medical images directly to patients – there is a real need for patients to insist on access and control of these images. After all, the patient is the central hub for all of the images, records, diagnoses, that relate to him or her.  So, […]

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Patients ask, “who owns my medical images?”

Question: who owns my medical images? Answer: you can look but not touch. It may amaze you to learn that the X-rays, CT Scans & MRIs of intimate parts of your anatomy are not your property. Pretty shocking, huh? In fact, the imaging center or hospital that took these images owns the title (copyright) to […]

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