The Healthcare Blog has a post, "Who is the better radiologist", that highlights the inherent conflicts with practicing medicine today.
You can have a doctor who makes decisions quickly, but is prone to miss a possible diagnosis. Hospitals and payers appreciate the speed at which decisions are made, but come to hate the .01% of missed diagnosis, as it potentially results in higher costs and malpractice suits. Patients also appreciate doctors who can definitively give them a diagnosis, but also do not want the doctor to miss anything when it comes to them.
On the other hand, you can have a doctor who hedges every diagnosis with the word "possible" or "probably". Hospitals and payers dislike this approach, because they have to spend more to rule out such concerns (however small they may be), but can be assured that nothing will be missed. Patients, if anything is caught in follow up tests, appreciate the attention to detail. But if it turns out to be nothing, then patients have suffered days & weeks of anxiety, all for nothing.
Which would you prefer?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
To address these resources that hospitals may look into, L.E.K. has developed a framework to expand upon the relevant services offered. This framework includes four broad categories: Product related, Operations efficiency, Clinical care delivery, and Hospital strategy.
Jack Imaging is a powerhouse in that in falls within two categories, Operations efficiency and Clinical care delivery. Firstly, with its set of patient management tools, Jack Imaging is able to streamline workflow and thereby increase operational efficiency. For example, managing a patient's condition is simplified with the case management feature. Since doctors, caregivers, and patients can all access a shared case, retrieving and exchanging relevant medical images and documents is simplified.
Furthermore, Jack Imaging can improve clinical care delivery with its telehealth features. Besides the convenient sharing of medical images, Jack Imaging also provides secure video conferencing and messaging between relevant parties. Say a patient needs to receive a second opinion consultation-- she can simply share her case with her doctor of choice. After the doctor has reviewed all of her images and reports saved within the case, the patient and doctor can hold a video conference, to discuss the doctor's findings and suggestions.
Video conferencing with screen sharing and real-time annotation capabilities is depicted.
When asked whether hospitals would be interested in additional services from external MedTech companies, 60% of C-level respondents were in favor. As hospitals work towards increased technological innovation and improved efficiency, Jack Imaging can help with its full suite of multi-specialty care solutions.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
We have curated a list of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking pieces in recent healthcare news.
Advanced medical imaging is helping to drive the “precision” medicine movement, leading to enhanced diagnosis, informed treatment options, and targeted treatments.
According to Reuters Health, Mayo Clinic researchers have created an algorithm that can help appendicitis diagnosis in children and reduce CT usage.
A study published in the July issue of Health Affairs highlights how big data analytics is driving cost reduction including reducing preventable readmissions, effective triage, and more.
ED visits have increased with ACA implementation. To ease wait times and reduce crowding, more and more hospitals are allowing patients to book appointments online. Learn how Jack Imaging can aid the ED here.
Telemedicine is increasing in popularity for treatment of injured workers to expedite their evaluation and even reduce expenses employers pay. Learn our telemedicine functionalities here.
Based on a McKinsey survey of thousands of patients in Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, over 75 percent of those surveyed are in favor of digital health service implementation. Learn about apps for caregivers and managing your condition.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The following is a hypothetical situation in an ER setting in which Jack Imaging proves to be an integral part of care that made a positive impact on patient outcomes.
The patient is a 20 year-old male involved in an altercation escalating to a penetrating gunshot wound to the right upper arm. Immediately following the gunshot, the dispatch transferred the patient to the nearest emergency room.
At the emergency room, an X-ray was ordered to determine the extent of the damage.
Radiograph revealed a complex fracture of the right upper humerus. The ER resident believed the extent of the damage warranted surgical intervention. In order to confirm the decision with an offsite ER Chief, the resident used Jack Imaging to securely share the case with the Chief. From her home office, the Chief logged onto Jack Imaging from a web browser and evaluated the X-ray, approving the course of action by sending a secure message back to the ER resident.
Because this small clinic hospital did not support complex orthopedic cases, the ER resident must transfer the patient to a larger hospital in order to get him into surgery within the next 12 hours. Again, he used Jack Imaging to forward the patient’s case to the receiving hospital to prep for the surgery ahead of time.
While the patient was in transit, the orthopedic surgeons at the receiving center briefed themselves by reviewing the X-ray and the relevant patient history via Jack Imaging. Once the patient arrived, the surgeons were already familiar with the case and had mapped out the necessary procedure. The patient was successfully operated on with zero complications.
Jack Imaging provides a platform for efficient collaboration between care teams by securely sharing medical images and patient records. All of this culminates into delivering the most comprehensive care for the patient.
A free demo of Jack Imaging is available here.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Second opinions are unnecessary - FALSE
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), an estimated 10%-20% of cases are misdiagnosed. To compound the issue, almost 30% of diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability.
These days, we seek multiple opinions prior to making any decision in our lives. There are publications, websites and media outlets dedicated to providing you with critical information prior to making a decision. Why should your healthcare be treated any differently?
Consult a specialist for a second opinion to verify the initial diagnosis and treatment plan, and be secure in your decision.
Also, ask for a second opinion if you are considering alternative treatment options. No one understands your health better than yourself, and you should speak with different specialists to find a course of treatment with the best possible outcome as well as the best fit for you.
Second opinions will just add to my medical bills – FALSE
Many insurance plans, including Medicare Part B will cover second opinion consults. In fact, Medicare Part B will even cover a third opinion if the first two opinions received differ.
Check with your insurance provider to make sure that you have coverage for second opinions.
My primary care physician will be upset if I ask for a second opinion - FALSE
The majority of physicians encourage their patients to seek multiple opinions prior to any big decisions. According to University of Minnesota Oncologist Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., second opinions are “"a way of life" for physicians.
Having to seek a second opinion means that I have to get more tests done – FALSE
With Jack Imaging’s case management features, all of your medical records and images are securely stored and can be easily shared with specialists electronically. Your new provider may requests for new types of tests, but all previous exams and records can be shared to avoid repeat scans and tests.
Using Jack Imaging to consult with a specialist even eliminates the need for costly travel expenses. Receive a second opinion on diagnosis and/or treatment within a few days, all without having to leave your home.
Find out more at Jack Imaging.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In the summer of 2012, an ordinary consultation to get my wisdom teeth removed led to a startling discovery.
“Do you know that you have idiopathic condylar resorption? Only your back molars touch,” stated the dental surgeon.
I replied, “No... I just thought food was extra tough to chew.”
And with this, my journey with idiopathic condylar resorption began. Idiopathic condylar resorption (ICR) is defined by the Baylor University Medical Center as, “ a specific condition that affects the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints or TMJs) and most commonly occurs in teenage girls.” Because this doctor was specialized in wisdom teeth removal, I sought a second opinion and even a third. Both maxillofacial surgeons I saw informed me that surgery would be required lest with old age, I would deal with joint issues.
Before the preliminary steps to such a surgery can even be taken, it must be determined that the disease has been in remission for at least twelve months. Since there is no definitive way to determine whether or not resorption has ended, the area is observed biannually to see if there is any measurable change. As a result, every six months since my diagnosis, I have had X-rays taken of my jaw and the occlusal gap (overbite) is measured.
Because of the need for constant monitoring of the disease, I have amassed numerous X-rays and other medical records in order to build a comprehensive portfolio of my condition. Previously, I would have to retrieve all these X-rays prior to each doctor’s visit, which became an increasingly tedious process as I amassed more medical images. With Jack Imaging, I am able to organize all of these medical images and monitor the progress of my condition chronologically. It has been two years since my diagnosis and I will soon begin the preparatory steps for my surgery. When the time comes to coordinate with an orthodontist for my pre-surgery preparation, I will be able to easily share my X-rays with him/her via Jack Imaging rather than bringing in my assorted medical image discs. After the surgery, I must continue to monitor the jaw joints via X-ray for about a year to ensure that the surgery was a success.
Rather than sending in a request to retrieve my medical images for viewing, I am now able to monitor my condition on my laptop using this online platform. I feel empowered knowing that I can keep track of my health from my own home.
*name has been changed for privacy
Thursday, June 5, 2014
LIVESTRONG's Big C competition is a global innovation challenge challenging us small tech companies to build solutions that improve life for people with cancer.
This year's competition attracted over 750 exciting innovations (see all entries)! Nephosity is honored to have been chosen as a semi-finalist and we are looking forward to working with our mentor, a cancer-survivor and marketing buff, hand-picked by LIVESTRONG's team to help us make it to the finish line!
What is the Big C all about? Find out through this awesome video, created by the LIVESTRONG foundation:
Find out how Jack Imaging is empowering patients to better manage their care, below, and look for more as we continue in the competition towards winning the Big C!
Posted by Mika Wang at 7:30 AM