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Health Management Technology News
December 4, 2013

In this issue:

How We'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Scalability Experts Speak

Sickweather tracks then alerts you of nearby illnesses

Nemours Children’s Hospital puts patients at ease with Rauland, Versus, GetWellNetwork

Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Toshiba, Blackford Analysis, GE Healthcare


How We'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Scalability Experts Speak

When HealthCare.gov choked on the volume of uninsured citizens who flocked to it on Oct. 1, it was following an all-too-common pattern that occurs on other websites with big ambitions, according to two men who have built their reputations on expertise in web scalability.

"We think it's important to understand, first and foremost, that to say HealthCare.gov is unique in its problems is simply incorrect," Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher wrote in an email leading up to an interview with InformationWeek. "Many successful product-focused companies have had similar crises, including difficulties in scaling their solution or providing high availability, but have overcome these challenges and ultimately delivered great products and services to their customers. We have witnessed and helped overcome scalability challenges that go as far back as eBay's outage of 1999."

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Sickweather tracks then alerts you of nearby illnesses

With flu season fast approaching and holiday travelers carrying germs throughout the world, it sure would be nice to know what kind of illnesses are nearby. As Mashable reported, an app called Sickweather wants to give you that information on your iPhone, using your current location.

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Nemours Children’s Hospital puts patients at ease with Rauland, Versus, GetWellNetwork

Nemours Children’s Hospital has brought together a unique combination of nurse call, real-time locating system (RTLS) and patient engagement technology to help put children and their families at ease. When Nemours, an internationally recognized children’s health system, was planning to open their new, 630,000 square-foot facility in Orlando,FL, they brainstormed ideas for 21st-century care. One of their ideas — what if when a doctor or nurse walked into the patient’s room, their name, title and photo immediately appeared on the room’s television? And further, what if families could view a log of all the caregivers who came into their child’s room during the day?

When the hospital opened in October 2012, this futuristic idea was reality, thanks to collaboration between Nemours and three of its vendors: Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida (RBF), Versus Technology, Inc. and GetWellNetwork, Inc.

RBF was already installing Versus’ RTLS as part of the Responder 5 Nurse Call System, which intelligently routes patient calls for assistance to the right nurses. When wearing Versus locator badges, nurses no longer need to remember to press a button to cancel those calls. Using a combination of infrared and radio-frequency (RFID) technology, the locating system automatically identifies the nurse’s presence in the patient room so she can immediately tend to the patient’s needs.

Through the patient’s bedside TV, GetWellNetwork was providing their Interactive Patient Care solution to engage patients and families with educational content and information about their hospital stay.

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Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Toshiba, Blackford Analysis, GE Healthcare

Improved Workflow and Lower Cost of Ownership with Toshiba’s New Single-Panel RADREX-i Wireless X-ray

Flexibility of Lightweight Wireless Panel Makes Exams More Efficient

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2013 – To offer healthcare providers affordable X-ray technology that performs efficient exams, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. is introducing a new single-panel RADREXTM-i Wireless digital radiographic (DR) X-ray system (FDA cleared).

The RADREX-i Wireless single-panel is a new version of Toshiba’s digital, versatile and patient-friendly X-ray system. The wireless panel, one of the lightest on the market, is easy to handle and improves image quality, as it can be positioned more closely to the anatomy. It is ideal for out-of-bucky work, including tabletop imaging of extremities, such as hands, wrists, forearms and feet, and wheelchair- and gurney-patient imaging.

The system also features RexProtect dose savings technology, RexSpeed technology to automate workflow, and RexViewTM with image preview to enhance patient care by allowing technologists to make point-of-care decisions.

“The new single-panel RADREX-i Wireless is an example of Toshiba putting customers first and providing flexible system designs to meet the needs of healthcare providers and their patients,” said David Sloop, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “The single-panel wireless solution lowers cost of ownership and increases workflow, responding to the two main directives of healthcare reform.” Toshiba is introducing the new single-panel RADREX-i Wireless at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 1–6, 2013 (Booth #7330, North Hall).

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Blackford Analysis launches product range at RSNA 2013

Company unveils range of image comparison products at key industry event

Edinburgh, UK and Chicago, IL – December 2, 2013 – Blackford Analysis (www.blackfordanalysis.com), a provider of software products that accelerate comparison of medical images, today unveiled its complete product range at the 2013 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Designed to be integrated directly into any image viewer, such as a PACS, Advanced Visualization Viewer or Universal Viewer, Blackford Analysis’ products work seamlessly within existing systems to enable instant comparison of multiple image studies with a single click.

At RSNA 2013, Blackford Analysis, located in Hall 3 at booth 8507, is demonstrating the four key elements of its software, full details of which can be found at www.blackfordanalysis.com/products/

  • Blackford MatchedCrosshairs enhances any image viewer to allow users to simply click once on a location in any scan to instantly find the same location in multiple scans from different timepoints and/or different modalities (CT, MRI or PET).
  • Blackford MatchedView enables any image viewer to automatically compensate for changes in patient position and acquisition planes between scans, automatically presenting views of compared exams in the same position and plane, and enabling like-for-like comparison.
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GE Healthcare's "Brilliant Machines" Software Innovations Transforms the Patient Experience by Reducing Wait Times and Helping Hospital Staff Increase Efficiency

Breakthrough software innovation delivers improved clinical capabilities, personalization, lower costs and operational results

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 03, 2013-- Today at the 2013 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), unveiled four software breakthroughs to deliver improved clinical capabilities, productivity and diagnostic confidence for clinicians.

Up-to-date, reliable and accurate software is critical to quality care for the patient and usability for the clinician. GE Healthcare recently announced a $2 billion investment in software development that is focused on maximizing asset performance, improving hospital operations management, improving clinical effectiveness and optimizing care across entire populations. And today, GE Healthcare's Xeleris 3.1, DV24.0, VolumeRAD*, Enterprise Imaging Solutions and iCenter further demonstrated this commitment.

Xeleris 3.1 delivers automation and personalization for clinicians

In Nuclear Medicine, one of the greatest challenges clinicians face is access to the advanced and unique applications required to harness the power of Nuclear Medicine examinations. The latest release of GE Healthcare's Xeleris software enables automation, personalization and access to these advanced applications. Nuclear Medicine clinicians will gain access to specific image results where and when they are needed. With its open interface architecture, Xeleris applications can now be launched through an integrated unified desktop from the Universal Viewer, as well as using the generic Application Programming Interface with other PACS vendors, providing radiologists and Nuclear Medicine physicians with tools previously only available on the Xeleris workstation, for enhanced access and productivity.

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