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Friday, 04 March 2016 05:08
By Steve Deaton, VP of Sales, Konica Minolta

At the annual HIMSS conference this week, IT professionals and radiology administrators alike are heavily invested in identifying cutting-edge technologies that will enhance their provision of value-based care. New technologies must be leveraged for medical imaging not only to demonstrate its value to referrers and the entire patient care team, but for the specialty to thrive.

Long gone are paper files and analog images; PACS catapulted radiology into the future of healthcare years ago. But digital imaging access, security, viewing, rendering, and workflow continue to evolve in tandem with healthcare IT developments to provide new ways of doing business.

As information technology continues to change, as do the needs and demands of its users. Here are the top five tools today’s radiology IT platforms should be leveraging:

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Server side rendering

Clinicians in today’s “anywhere, anytime” working environment expect both speed and performance when retrieving images. Server side rendering delivers fast access without prefetching regardless of the Internet connection for full viewing functionality. The data loads quickly with the complete diagnostic package that’s required for interpretation.

It’s end-user designed so facilities can achieve maximum value and efficiency from the platform investment, from both a speed and performance perspective.
The server side element enables the availability of important data and swift execution of action on the part of the radiologist for both freedom and flexibility.

Zero footprint viewing

In tandem with server-side rendering technology, zero footprint viewing works by allowing users to view data in the web browser regardless of the type of browser, machine, software or hardware. Consistency is the name of the game, and in this case, no downloads, plug-ins, or installations are required for full functionality performance and image review.

Managing medical image viewers has traditionally been an incredibly time intensive responsibility with widespread complexities and inefficiencies thanks to updates and requirements. Now rolling out new features proves simple and seamless.

Patient portal capabilities

Patient engagement in healthcare has never been so high. Patients are empowered to take control of their care and the care of their loved ones—and the next generation will be even more motivated to do so. Patients want records and images available for their own access and for sharing amongst specialists and care teams.

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