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Image Exchange in Trauma Care: When Timing is Everything

Posted by Richie Pfeiffer

06.28.2017

For a trauma team, every second matters, so receiving a patient’s medical imaging exams in advance of a transfer is critical. The most efficient way to exchange medical images and reports in 2017 is through an electronic workflow that can manage connecting many endpoints to the hospital’s chosen EHR platform.  Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions across the nation, according to the CDC.

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Looking at Enterprise Imaging Systems as an “EHR” for Images

Posted by Matthew Michela

05.18.2017

How is your organization planning to mature its medical imaging systems? That is a question we often ask hospital executives. From experience, the answer varies. For some, imaging brings its own set of unique challenges: Discrete, departmental data silos, and a lack of interoperable data, all of which hampers an organization’s goal of pursuing quality and outcomes in a value-based system of care.

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Rethinking Healthcare Data: It is a Technology Ecosystem

Posted by Richie Pfeiffer

05.03.2017

Healthcare providers have historically been set up to deliver volume-based care: more scans, more volume, and more capacity. Now, payers, patient advocates, and industry organizations are calling for a switch to “value-based imaging” which requires imaging interoperability.  It’s how economic forces in U.S. healthcare incentivize better patient outcomes, reduce costs, improve safety and reduce radiation exposure.

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Enterprise Imaging in Cardiology

Posted by Matthew Michela

04.19.2017

Cardiology staff are typically some of the busiest individuals in any hospital. Cardiologists have no time to spare and must often rely on imaging captured outside of their network to make critical, time-sensitive decisions. The inability to access prior diagnostic images or consult with clinicians outside their own health system network with data in hand can cause delays in urgent, routine, and interventional care critical to managing cardiac conditions.

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Insights from HIMSS17

Posted by Emily Citrone

03.03.2017

The lifeIMAGE team joined over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals last week in Orlando for the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

We caught up with a few our team members in our booth to get their insights on the conference and the types of conversations they were having on the show floor.

Hear more about what they had to say about their HIMSS experiences in the videos below.

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Ready to take on HIMSS17 – Connecting Images across the Healthcare Ecosystem

Posted by Emily Citrone

02.17.2017

With HIMSS17 starting up this weekend in Orlando, you’ll find the lifeIMAGE team gearing up for one of the busiest weeks in health IT.

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Topics: HIMSS

Standing tall for imaging interoperability at RSNA

Posted by Matthew Michela

12.15.2016

The genus Sequoia represents some of the largest trees in the world, including our own country’s famed California redwoods. In healthcare, the Sequoia Project represents a group of health IT vendors, large healthcare networks and other stakeholders who recognize the essential nature of imaging accessibility for patient care and safety and support the creation of interoperable national networks.

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(Video) Insights from RSNA 2016

Posted by Emily Citrone

12.01.2016

It’s been an exciting week for the lifeIMAGE team at RSNA 2016. We took a moment to check in with our CEO Matthew Michela and Senior Vice President of Client Services Jim Phillips to get their perspectives on the conversations they’ve been having throughout the conference.

Hear more on what they had to say in these short videos below. 

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Interoperability the Key to Value-Based Imaging

Posted by Emily Citrone

11.27.2016

Today kicks off day one of RSNA 2016, the world’s largest gathering of radiologists that comes annually to McCormick Place in Chicago, and this year the American College of Radiology’s Imaging 3.0 initiative takes center stage as specialists adapt to new payment models.

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Gearing up for RSNA 2016

Posted by Jackie Leckas

11.17.2016

At the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting you’ll find the lifeIMAGE team talking about connecting images across the healthcare ecosystem. This is because medical imaging is a critical component of the patient’s overall medical record, yet providers across clinical specialties still struggle with accessing a full imaging history. Data can live in countless locations internal and external to a hospital. Our message to radiology? You have the power to bring all this data together for the sake of better patient care.

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Topics: Interoperability, Client Outlook, Image Sharing, RSNA

Clinical Image Sharing Outgrows Radiology

Posted by Emily Citrone

11.02.2016

As interoperability became one of HIT's top priorities this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pressed health care providers to make health data more liquid or risk reimbursement penalties.  With more rules coming into play that tie clinical quality measures to reimbursements, reducing expensive imaging tests that are clinically unnecessary will become paramount and lack of interoperability will no longer be an excuse for not sharing image data.

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New FHIR Integration Helps Hospitals Connect Imaging Data Across Disparate Systems

Posted by Janak Joshi

10.27.2016

As part of lifeIMAGE 5.0, the newest evolution of the lifeIMAGE platform, we now support Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) integration as a part of our interoperability ecosystem. This allows us to enhance our customers’ capabilities to connect imaging data across disparate systems.  

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lifeIMAGE 5.0 Debuts with Powerful New Features

Posted by Jackie Leckas

10.20.2016

lifeIMAGE 5.0 is now live. We’re introducing the latest upgrade to our enterprise-grade electronic medical image-sharing platform, and it’s loaded with new features – driven by both customer requests and our drive for continuous innovation. As champions of health data interoperability, we’re particularly excited about the new depth of data-sharing this new version offers.

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Radiology and MACRA: Using a Cloud-based Image Sharing Service to Address MIPS Quality Measures

Posted by Don K. Dennison

10.12.2016

As discussed in this paper, the proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation has some specific measures that relate to Radiology imaging exams and their diagnostic results. In some scenarios, an Image Sharing service is likely required to meet these measures.

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Who Uses Image Sharing?

Posted by Jim Phillips

10.04.2016

I often hear the same question when working with hospitals, "Where are we not utilizing image sharing where we should be?"  Departments like trauma, stroke, or oncology often get the most attention and are many times the drivers for implementing an image exchange solution in the first place.  Internal medicine, radiology, orthopedics and cardiology are often key influencers as well.  

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Q&A: What it’s Like to Work at lifeIMAGE

Posted by Emily Citrone

09.27.2016

We recently sat down with our Human Resources Director, Kyle Conley, to discuss what it’s like to work at lifeIMAGE. Below are his insights.  

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Prior Mammogram Ownership Important for Patient Care, Improved Outcomes

Posted by Emily Citrone

09.14.2016

Even in this digital age of electronic medical records, it’s still difficult for patients to get their prior mammograms. This is largely in part to the lack of interoperability between health data systems, combined with the migratory nature of today’s patient population.

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CHIME Survey Shows Enterprise Imaging Top Priority for CIOs

Posted by Jackie Leckas

08.23.2016

lifeIMAGE recently surveyed members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) to gain a better understanding of the state of enterprise imaging and image data interoperability. One hundred chief information officers responded with some great insights on the status of these initiatives at their facilities.

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Takeaways from the HIMSS-SIIM White Paper on Image Exchange

Posted by Jackie Leckas

07.28.2016


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) Joint Workgroup recently published its first white paper, “Considerations for Exchanging and Sharing Medical Images for Improved Collaboration and Patient Care1.” The paper, released in conjunction with the SIIM 2016 meeting earlier this month, was produced by the workgroup’s Image Exchange sub-committee, which includes members from provider, consulting and healthcare IT organizations. It explores the use cases, challenges and standards for medical image exchange.  

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Medical Image Exchange: Which Docs Use it Most?

Posted by Jackie Leckas

06.28.2016

Clinicians share approximately half a million medical images on the lifeIMAGE network every month. They are exchanging studies to prep for consultations, remotely consult on cases and provide second opinions, all to improve patient care. As more clinical departments adopt our solution into their daily workflows, we were curious to see which specialties leverage it the most. So, we dove into six months of utilization data to find out what types of doctors are our top users.

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