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  • Analyzing stored medical image data helps picture the future

    The analytics performed on medical images adds a new dimension to clinical data. For providers, this trend boosts population health management and precision medicine efforts. Continue Reading

  • Medical image storage sharpens focus on precise patient care

    Personal photos in an album can conjure up all sorts of memories and emotions. Then there are personal photos of another kind that can mean the difference between life and death. In healthcare, clinical images of patients are critical to proper diagnosis and treatment. Once placed in envelopes and stored on metal shelves, those images -- be they X-rays, CT scans or MRIs -- now come in digital formats and have proliferated to the point where on-premises storage is cumbersome and inefficient. Hospital CIOs see the cloud as the answer to medical image storage and improved patient care by providing doctors with quick and ready access to medical images.

    In the January issue of Pulse, our editor's letter takes that capability one step further, allowing IT pros to perform medical image analytics that can add a whole new dimension to population health management and precision medicine. Along those lines, our cover story examines the growing healthcare trend of vacating the premises … but not entirely. Security, privacy and control issues have prevented CIOs from going fully to the cloud. Instead, they're opting for hybrid cloud architectures. In another feature, we stress the importance of readily accessible and well-organized medical image storage in the cloud to make analytics performance more efficient and better at determining patient outcomes for individuals and large populations.

    Also in this issue, we highlight the benefits of using a hybrid cloud storage approach to mine and analyze vast amounts of critical data from those images. Beneficial features include security, file activity monitoring, data loss prevention, data mining, disaster recovery, storage bursting, tiering, testing and cost controls.

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  • Store medical images using hybrid cloud data storage

    Hospitals that face an influx of medical imaging data can benefit from a hybrid cloud model to store data and enable disaster recovery services. Continue Reading

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  • Healthcare tablets pervasive in clinical and remote-monitoring venues

    As prices drop, tablet computers -- standard and hybrid models with keyboards -- are proliferating in healthcare settings ranging from clinical to chronically ill patients' homes. Continue Reading

  • Mobile in healthcare a strong prescription for improved patient care

    Walk the corridors of any modern hospital, from intensive care to patient units to emergency rooms, and you'll see the familiar banks of workstations where doctors and nurses busily access patient records and type in critical updates. For years, those stationary desktops have been the lifeblood of patient care. And while laptops have given caregivers some degree of mobility, "nobody wants to carry around a 4.5-pound laptop all day," one hospital CIO says. Doctors and nurses looking for mobile in healthcare to engage patients inside and outside the hospital may find a cure in small tablets, and they don't require a prescription.

    Our cover story examines the infiltration of digital tablets and smartphones in healthcare as seen through the eyes of hospital CIOs. Some CIOs view mobile in healthcare as vastly "underdeveloped," "disjointed" and "clunky," with a "long way to go," not to mention the integration and security nightmares mobile devices can create for IT professionals. But CIOs also see the day when mobile devices will be a seamless and invisible part of healthcare and vastly improve patient care and engagement. That's already happening in some healthcare facilities where the distinction between tablets, laptops and even workstations is disappearing, as described in another feature. In addition to becoming fixtures in hospitals and outpatient clinics, tablets are finding a home in remote patient monitoring and achieving a level of sophistication that allows doctors and radiologists to view complex medical images anytime, anywhere.

    This issue also covers several options for maintaining the security of mobile in healthcare, including identity protection, mobile app management, and advanced auditing and tracking techniques.

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  • Think on how clinical imaging systems, EHRs will integrate in future

    The idea of a patient lugging around medical image files on a CD-ROM or thumb drive seems out of place in 2017. Yet some organizations have that far to progress with imaging. Continue Reading

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