Healthcare urgently needs a Copernican Revolution

A recent post on MedCity News authored by two Orthopedic surgeons, Steve Schutzer M.D. and John Grady-Benson M.D., as well as Barry Libert and Megan Beck, makes a strong case that the healthcare system must change towards a customer-centric model. 

Drawing on the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, who in 1543 postulated a model of the universe where the sun, not the earth was at its center -- the author's make the analogy that our healthcare today is in a pre-Copernican model where "all of the planets float around the healthcare system; the patient is just one of them. What we need is a shift…an entirely new frame, and this will shift everything when we do it…we need the patient at the center. We need to put the sun where it belongs."

Numerous examples are provided in the article highlighting how the system's mis-placed focus on itself ends up wasting the time and money of patients. Consequently, the authors suggest that now is the time for healthcare leaders and decision-makers to invert their thinking to adopt digital solutions that put patients at the center. 

If you're healthcare practice or organization is ready to make the leap into a customer-centric delivery model, please contact us at NexGenic to understand how our solutions are providing a patient-centered platform, without adding huge costs to your operations. In fact, try out our solutions with no obligation and determine the value for yourself...and your patients!

Radiology's Future According to former ESR President

Dr Lluís Donoso, immediate past President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), was interviewed last week in Vienna at the 2017 Annual European Congress on Radiology (ECR) regarding radiology's future. We embed the interview below as it provides a nice review of current technologies impacting radiology in the 21st century. According to Dr Donoso, a few of the key technologies are: i) artificial intelligence, ii) liquid biopsy, iii) Molecular imaging, and iv) quantitative biomarker imaging advancements.

Dr. Donoso also had a very interesting message to radiologists about enhancing their clinical role by increasing their exposure to their clinical colleagues. Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians (i.e., the doctors-doctors), reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasing connectivity and competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility.

Dr. Donoso --
"My recommendation is to open the departments, go into the clinical wards, be active in the multi-disciplinary teams, so at the end, the message is to be more clinical. This is my message, be more clinical, the more close to the value for the patient, the better would be our position. And other specialities and other disciplines in medicine, are not I have to say, that advanced in embracing technology.  At least not like we are. So we have an advantage, its up to us to embrace that advantage."

We strongly agree that radiologists need to increase their visibility in every domain -- with both clinical colleagues and patients. Fortunately, As Dr. Donoso notes, radiologists are best positioned to see and adapt to these future changes because historically they have been on the cutting-edge of their profession in adopting innovative technologies.

RSNA 2016 - Beyond Imaging

 
 

It was a fantastic week for the NexGenic team in Chicago at RSNA this year. Beyond Imaging was the theme of the 2016 conference.

For us at NexGenic, going 'beyond imaging' is having meaningful conversations with all healthcare stakeholders. The feedback from the doctors and providers who stopped by our booth was hugely important as we continue to innovate the viewing, messaging and reporting functionality built-in to ImageInbox.

Patient-centered was another recurring theme at RSNA this year, meaning that radiologists and physicians need to engage there patients with value-driven care. We believe IT solutions that contribute directly to patient outcomes and workflow efficiencies improve that value equation.

If you weren't at RSNA or didn't have a chance to come by our booth for an ImageInbox product demonstration, please contact us using this form to schedule a demo and discussion soon.

Yours,
The NexGenic Team

ImageInbox® Tele-Consultation Module Introduced at RSNA 2016

ImageInbox Capabilities for Radiologists, Physicians, and Patients to Utilize Medical Images Expanded with Cloud and Point-to-Point Sharing Solutions

ImageInbox Capabilities for Radiologists, Physicians, and Patients to Utilize Medical Images Expanded with Cloud and Point-to-Point Sharing Solutions

We are thrilled to be showcasing our latest ImageInbox solutions in booth #1736 at the upcoming Radiologist Society of North America's (RSNA) annual conference. 

We just announced a major update which includes cloud-based features for clinical specialists and hospital customers to provide comprehensive image tele-consultation services. This upgraded version also includes options for cloud image viewing and supports EEG and non-DICOM image formats.

Please see our full press release here: 
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To schedule a meeting with us during RSNA, please 'Contact Us' using the form found on the support page of our website with your meeting time preferences, if you would like a product demo, and your preferred way for us to contact you.

It's been a great year speaking with physicians, administrators and healthcare providers all across the country, many of whom are eager to discuss new tools that can streamline common clinical workflows, improve patient safety, and deliver more convenient 'patient-first' healthcare services. 

With RSNA as our last exhibiting conference this year, and also since it's the largest Radiology meeting in the world, we look forward to ending the year on a high note and speaking with those attending about how latest ImageInbox solutions can optimize your clinical operations, increase your referral network, and reduce operating costs. 

The Role of Image Sharing to Address Critical Patient Safety Concerns

Diagnostic image sharing is relevant for healthcare providers to address 3 critical Patient Safety Concerns, as identified in the ECRI Institute's annual Patient Safety Risk List

Those major area's of concern in 2016 are:

  1. EHR workflow inefficiencies
  2. Patient identification breakdowns
  3. Failures in care coordination and follow-up with test results

The goal of the ECRI report is to identify patient safety issues so healthcare organizations can apply solutions to assist them in their obligation to delivery high-quality care to those receiving treatment under their authority. We at NexGenic saw the report and how clearly it relates to handling diagnostic images successfully with ImageInbox, as described further below.

EHR Workflow Inefficiencies

The promise of Electronic health records (EHR) to streamline workflows, improve patient outcomes, and save time and money have not been fully realized at most organizations because their EHR solutions are inefficient. Their EHR modules do not follow the way healthcare professionals would naturally want to perform the desired activity, kind of like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

This leads to gaps in data collection and patient treatment information that is of vital importance to healthcare providers.

ImageInbox however has been designed and developed hand-in-hand with healthcare professionals to support workflows common at institutions large and small -- namely quickly consuming and re-labeling outside images on CD, referral provider exchange, and patient record release. The software works for physicians and administrators alike, and importantly it confirms the data integrity of the images to ensure no inferior quality images are used for important treatment-decision planning. 

Patient identification errors

Errors when registering patient's and their outside information can have ripple effects throughout the entire treatment period. ImageInbox handles this by allowing users to manually or automatically recode images with internal patient identifiers.

If patient identifiers are updated manually, the new patient identifiers must be dual-data entered to ensure accuracy, and a record of the prior identifiers is preserved for full audit trail tracking.

Also the ECRI report recommends involving patients in the process of properly identifying outside diagnostic information and this can be done by having patients use ImageInbox on their home computer to transfer their medical images in advance of their upcoming appointment or consultation.

Care Coordination and Test Result Follow-Up

The 2016 ECRI report identified the need for greater data interoperability which can result in better communication between primary care, specialists, surgeons and patients. Sharing records conveniently helps to optimize workflows, maintain relevancy, and increase patient engagement within your facility.

Here again the report encouraged providers to involve patients to proactively receive the information they need for future treatment plans, especially for people who see multiple specialists.

No other image sharing solution comes close to solving the patient image handling problem as elegantly, inexpensively and completely as the ImageInbox mobile app for patients. 

Please contact us to schedule a demo of ImageInbox and find out more about how ImageInbox addresses these 3 critical Patient Safety Concerns, or be sure to come by our exhibitor booth at one of the upcoming medical imaging conferences where we will be showcasing ImageInbox!

Should You Worry About CT Scan Radiation?

Kai Ti Hsu for The Washington Post

Kai Ti Hsu for The Washington Post

As covered here, here and here on our news blog, in the past year many popular US media outlets investigated the potential pitfalls of over-using CT imaging.

With the Washington Post’s recent article, there is continuing attention being paid by the mainstream media to inform their readership that some medical imaging tests – like X-rays, PET scans, and CT scans – use ionizing radiation and can damage DNA and cause cancer.

CT scans for example, use hundreds of X-rays to create their detailed images, and while a single scan shouldn’t cause much alarm, many Americans undergo multiple exams.

Over-utilization of CT should be particularly concerning for patients who are at risk of accruing large cumulative doses. Specific patient populations with chronic conditions that have been found to have high rates of repeat imaging include patients with Crohn’s disease and renal colic.

As discussed in the Post’s investigation, “A 2009 study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that among 31,000 patients who had a diagnostic CT scan in 2007, 33 percent had more than five during their lifetime, 5 percent received 22 or more and 1 percent underwent more than 38 scans.”

ImageInbox is an essential tool for providers to play their part in preventing unnecessary imaging studies – the software enables providers to exchange images with referrals in seconds.

Also patients can use the free ImageInbox app to keep a full-diagnostic copy of their imaging records, accessible to them wherever and whenever needed in the future via their smartphone. That way if they’ve undergone a CT scan, there is never again a problem of having to repeat the same study because the prior images were unavailable.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-much-to-worry-about-the-radiation-from-ct-scans/2016/01/04/8dfb80cc-8a30-11e5-be39-0034bb576eee_story.html

RSNA2015 - Image Sharing In The Spotlight

It's been a memorable week for the NexGenic team, showcasing ImageInbox to stakeholders in the imaging community at this year's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual meeting. 

Image sharing between providers, as well as between providers and patients, was a major theme at RSNA this year.

Every one can see that today's patients are mobile, and ImageInbox's patient-focused approach to image sharing enables broader access to digital images through our secure mobile app's (iOS and Android). 

Patient's can now have their important imaging data and reports with them wherever they go, reducing redundant studies and meaning lower radiation exposure and less expense for patients.

For physicians and hospitals, ImageInbox helps them meet the US federal "Meaningful Use" requirement to provide patients with an electronic copy of their records. The software also serves critical image workflows comprising enterprise-wide outside facility CD intake and inter-provider image exchange.

Join other healthcare providers and begin using ImageInbox today for mandated image access in trauma care coordination and to eliminate wasteful image-CDs for referrals.

RSNA 2015 - Innovation is the key to our future

 
 

We are proud to showcase ImageInbox in booth #7716 at the upcoming Radiologist Society of North America's (RSNA) annual conference. This year's theme aptly focuses on innovation, both in technology, regulations and cultural changes at large.

ImageInbox factors squarely into the current forces driving innovations which streamline common imaging workflows and improve patient care.

If you would like to schedule a meeting at RSNA 2015 with our sales team or engineers, please 'Contact Us' using the form found on the support page of our website with your meeting time preferences, if you would like a product demo, and a way for us to contact you.

As RSNA commemorates its 101st scientific Assembly this year, we look forward to supporting Radiologists and diagnostic imaging professionals as they continue to lead modern medicine into the next century!

The Patient's Playbook - Author Interview on WNYC

Leslie Michelson works with patients to become smarter, more effective health care consumers. He was recently interviewed on WNYC (listen here) -- the discussion serves as a good primer for patients to start acting on their power as healthcare consumers to find better physicians, make better choices, get better health outcomes, and liver longer and healthier lives.

As Mr. Michelson states in the interview, "the best care in the world doesn't go to the wealthiest people, it goes to the people who are the savviest healthcare consumers."

A few of our favorite tips from the interview --

  • Become or identify your Advocate (7 min 30 sec) -- Don't be passive with respect to your medical care. Either you as the patient or someone close to you needs to assert your needs and your interests with the care team and hospital staff. This advocate needs to know your medical history and communicate the medications, allergies, instructions and orders with each care provider and physician to ensure everything is consistent.
  • Start an enduring Primary Care Physician relationship (9 min) -- It's so important to have a Primary Care Physician (PCP) who you trust and who respects your wishes. The PCP should be your quarterback for making care decisions and is essential for ensuring you get the preventative care you need to reduce future health risks. They can also help you catch things early and refer you directly to the appropriate specialist.
  • Collect your entire family medical history and medical records (18 min 30 sec) -- It's really important for experts when figuring out what diseases and risks a patient may have.  Also included in this is to collect your own personal medical records -- and importantly -- collect them digitally so you can be 100% sure you have your most recent, most accurate information.

If you want more tips after listening to the interview on The Leonard Lopate Show, please take a look at Mr. Michelson's latest book - The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love.

New video summarizing ImageInbox healthcare provider benefits

Wondering why our ImageInbox solution is right for you and your organization to eliminate CDs and streamline medical image sharing?

Watch this short Video (1 minute, 45 seconds) and learn more about ImageInbox's many benefits for healthcare stakeholders.

If you still have questions, please call and speak with one of our sales associates -- 1 818 483 2023. Get started with your free trial today!