Recent Press Release
DICOM Grid Named 2013 NextGen Company Offering Innovative Software and Services
DICOM Grid’s Morris Panner Drives Discussion on VNA and Enterprise Viewers at SIIM Regional Conference
DG Suite Named Best Medical Information Solution in SIIA CODiE Awards
DICOM Grid Debuts Next Generation Clinical Viewer for Enhanced Mobile Image Access
DICOM Grid Named Award Finalist for Best Medical Information Solution
DICOM Grid Chosen to Present Among Elite at HIMSS Healthcare Technology Summit
DICOM Grid Joins Forces with Doximity to integrate physician communication networks
DICOM Grid Collaborates with Mayo Clinic to Begin Pilot of Mobile Image Viewing Technology
DICOM Grid partners with numerous Health IT organizations and has been featured in dozens of industry publications. Read the stories below to learn about DG news.
The new role and challenges the CFO in Healthcare facesBy Morris Panner, DICOM Grid
Business models in the healthcare industry are continually evolving. With these changes comes the need for new information technology solutions. In order to move forward with the right business strategy, healthcare CFOs must take a role in IT in ways they have never done before.
Part of this is due to the ongoing changes in government regulation. Whether healthcare reform continues in its current form, there is no doubt that Federal and State governments are becoming more active in attempting to rein in costs as well as find new incentive systems to improve quality.
DG named Next Gen Company and Selected to Present at “All About the Cloud Conference”
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, name DICOM Grid a Next Gen companies for it’s business strategy and innovation in the marketplace. As part of the 2013 NextGen program DICOM Grid will be presenting at SIIA’s All About the Cloud conference. All About the Cloud—the software industry’s most comprehensive ISV conference—will be held May 7-9 in San Francisco.
DICOM Grid Classed as Vendor Neutral Archiving “Thoroughbred”
A recent article written by Dr. Rasu B. Shrestha and published in Applied Radiology, effectively outlines the benefits of implementing a VNA. In his article entitled “Enterprise vendor neutral archive: Guide to riding the bandwagon”, Dr. Shrestha discusses the previous slow pace of expansion of VNAs and explains why this trend is quickly reversing.
DICOM Grid has been named “Best Medical Information Solution”
View the video below to hear DICOM Grid’s CEO, Morris Panner, speak on behalf of the award.
Dicom Grid Debuts Next Generation Clinical Viewer for Enhanced Mobile Image Access
Remote viewing system offers physicians HIPAA compliant vehicle for securely accessing patient images on mobile devices
Jan. 15 2013 DICOM Grid, a global provider of cloud-based medical image exchange solutions, recently launched its next generation clinical viewer. This latest release enables the easy access and viewing of complex medical imaging data and associated reporting from any browser-based device or iPad.
DICOM Grid’s proprietary technology allows doctors to exchange and view images without the geographic or institutional boundaries that limit the traditional methods for sharing medical images. Specifically designed to improve collaboration amongst physicians across a variety of mobile platforms, the mobile viewer boosts an intuitive interface that is simple to use and enhances a physician’s natural workflow.
SIIA CODiE Awards Announces DICOM Grid as a 2013 Finalist for Best Medical Information Solution
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) | Dec 2012
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced the 82 finalists for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards in Content categories. DICOM Grid is in the running for Best Medical Information Solution. Finalists represent the best products, technologies, and services created for and by information services providers.
Serving as the pre-eminent awards program for the software and information industries, the SIIA CODiE Awards have been honoring excellence for 27 years. This year’s program has 75 categories organized by industry focus in content, education, and software.
Phoenix, AZ SaaS company shortlisted for prestigious international award
DICOM Grid has been named a finalist for the British MiM (Making It Mobile) 2012 Customer Engagement Award, cementing its position in the European mobile industry.
As a sole provider of big-data medical image management and mobility viewing solutions, DICOM Grid was the only finalist from the healthcare industry to make the cut.
Selected for its innovation in engaging physicians through the use of their mobile application, DICOM Grid will be presenting to a panel of mobile industry veterans on November 28, 2012 in London.
DICOM Grid Joins Forces with Doximity to integrate physician communication networks
DICOM Grid partnered with Doximity, the world’s fastest growing professional network for doctors to develop a single sign on button allowing for streamlined physician communication and information sharing. The sign on button makes it easy for any doctor in the Doximity network to quickly log in to DICOM Grid’s medical image exchange platform. Just as someone can use their Facebook account to log in to a third party application, doctors can access DICOM Grid’s cloud-based solution through their Doximity account.
Doctors who are members of the Doximity network will be able to further enhance their communication and consulting arrangements via DICOM Grid. This integration allows for streamlined access to DICOM Grid applications as well as an improvement to how referring physicians and physicians at the point of care communicate regarding their patients.
Mayo Clinic, DICOM Grid collaborate on mobile imaging
Mayo Clinic and Phoenix, Ariz.-based DICOM Grid are partnering to develop a mobile medical image viewer, meant to improve image sharing between Mayo, its physicians and referring physicians.
Designed specially for both iPad and browser-based devices, DICOM Grid’s technology allows doctors to exchange and view images regardless of geographic or institutional boundaries, officials say. The mobile application allows doctors and providers to send medical images to a facility in advance of a physician visit so that hospitals can more efficiently evaluate and treat patients.
Mayo Clinic will work alongside DICOM Grid to provide expertise from the clinical perspective.
Software Division CEO Insights: Morris Panner, DICOMGrid
Which markets will provide the best opportunities for tech companies in the next five years and why:
One of the most important emerging trends in software today is true healthcare IT innovation. Traditionally, innovation and healthcare infrastructure simply did not go together. Innovation in healthcare was in drug discovery and medical devices. Healthcare IT was the red headed stepchild, dominated by legacy vendors. It would be as if Siebel still ruled the CRM roost.
A new generation of companies is changing that, driving new investment dollars and interest into the sector. A combination of demographics and regulation are creating an appetite in the healthcare industry for change.
First, there is the unavoidable math of an aging population and expanding healthcare needs. The cost pressures are far outstripping anyone’s budget expectations. As a result, innovation in how information is shared and used is a natural option for trying to control costs.
DICOM Grid Celebrates National Health IT Week September 10-14, 2012
Health information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, DICOM Grid and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week , September 10-14, 2012. With the NHIT Week theme: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.
“Our participation in National Health IT Week highlights our organization’s commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive, interoperable, and intelligent to provide the best patient outcomes”, said Morris Panner, CEO. “By working together we can leverage the technology to promote for the betterment of our healthcare system.” DICOM Grid covered a number of NHIT events live. Read the DG blog for more information about the events that took place during NHIT.
HIMSS: Cloud-based image sharing offers many benefits
Memorial Hermann is a large healthcare system in Houston with 15 total hospitals, including nine acute hospitals, one children’s hospital, three heart and vascular institutes, and two rehabilitation hospitals. It also includes 29 imaging centers, 25 sports medicine and rehab centers, 25 diagnostic laboratories, 17 ambulatory surgical centers, one retirement/nursing center, and one home health agency, according to Bradshaw.
The Image Gateway, supplied by DICOM Grid, has provided improvements in patient care, the institution has found. For example, a 10-year-old girl in Beaumont, TX, had suffered a complex femur fracture after a fall. After the x-rays at the rural hospital had revealed the complex injury and the need for a higher level of care, the patient and images were transferred to the Texas Medical Center level I trauma center, Weeks said.
All of Memorial Hermann’s imaging studies are now being sent to the cloud for disaster recovery/backup purposes. But the institution also sees the strategic opportunities to reuse those images, Bradshaw said.
“Now we access them through a URL and we have a unique study ID,” he said. “We can start to move the study IDs into different places, such as different electronic medical records. We ultimately see moving this into a personal health record. Our strategy is that we want to be the first imaging center [where] you can get all of your images through a browser as a consumer.”
Cloud-based Image Exchange
Hospitals increasingly are moving to facilitate real-time information flow to all parts of their organization through electronic health records (EHRs) and local or regional health information exchanges (HIEs). With the focus on continuity of care documents and other related structured data, the exchange of imaging studies is often not included in HIE projects.
Given the significant role imaging plays in diagnosis and treatment, organizations should not ignore the benefits they can realize. A secure cloud-based medical imaging exchange (MIE) can speed access to pertinent current and historical imaging studies. It securely connects referral hospitals, physicians, and specialists online, enabling organizations to leverage their existing RIS and PACS systems. Hospitals that deploy a medical image exchange can view and share images and reports with their referral partners in real time, without relying on physical media such as CDs.
Google Health shutdown spurs debate over PHR viability
While Google Health has faltered, the Radiological Society of North America is conducting a PHR project of its own. Funded by a $4.7 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, RNSA will be designing and launching an Internet-based network for patient-controlled sharing of medical images. The network will facilitate access to imaging exams for patients and physicians, “potentially reducing redundant examinations, minimizing patient radiation exposure and enabling better informed medical decisions,” an organization statement said.
DICOM Grid Releases AccessMyImages.com to Enable Easy Sharing of Diagnostic Imaging Studies
DICOM Grid, announced the release of AccessMyImages.com, a Personal Health Record (PHR) for medical imaging. This allows the patient to have control of their diagnostic images and reports through a secure web application and eliminates the time and costs associated with generating imaging CDs or film.
How Cloud Can Improve Medical Image Sharing
Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, has effectively set up a medical imaging exchange in the cloud that helps assure diagnostic-quality images are available at any time throughout the health system.
Vendor-neutral imaging systems provide efficiency, integration for hospitals
Hospitals and health systems create, store and access images every day using proprietary picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Radiologists typically must view and interpret images on-site because they cannot access their hospital’s PACS remotely. Worse, their PACS cannot exchange images with other PACS, even when images in those disparate systems are stored in the standard DICOM format.
6 Issues to Consider: Cloud-Based Imaging for Your Hospital
As hospitals move to integrate images with electronic records, they are finding that their legacy imaging technologies and manual processes for sharing images leave them poorly positioned to respond to market forces such as the pressure to improve quality and reduce costs. To meet the demands of the rapidly changing healthcare environment, providers are increasingly looking for ways to efficiently store and instantly share images and data with other physicians and patients. For many, that means transitioning to the cloud — easy, web-based medical imaging management that allows providers to search for, view and seamlessly exchange imaging data.
Collaboration via Clouds: A breast center owner shares top priorities and transition tips
In a world where we instantly send and receive information by texts, tweets, and emails, patients expect immediate answers to their important medical questions. When Arizona Breastnet, a full-service breast diagnostic center, opened its doors 13 years ago, our commitment was to give patients their test results at the time of their appointment, to answer all their questions, and to be available as an ongoing resource. This alleviates the wondering, worrying, and waiting after an exam. An empathetic staff of specially trained clinicians with outstanding knowledge and experience is at the core of what we do. They allow us to focus on the needs of our patients in comfortable, home-like surroundings. Our technology, business practices, and personal interaction support these goals for the nearly 6,000 patients we see annually.
Brave New World: Making the case for cloud-based management of medical imaging
Whether an imaging facility is free-standing, office-based, or in a hospital, it faces the same issues of efficiency and cost-effectiveness that are currently stressing all healthcare providers. While we may not know what reform will ultimately look like, we are sure it will bring increased volume, lower reimbursement, sharper oversight, and intensified competition. For all these reasons, cloud-based management of medical imaging — under the right conditions — makes good business sense.
Cloudy days ahead: A sunny forecast for digital imaging management
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, we take for granted our ability to tweet, text, share photos, e-mail, blog, post and download. We become annoyed if we experience even a brief delay. It’s ironic that we have set the bar so high for non-urgent communications, but we haven’t demanded the same degree of convenience and speed to access, annotate and share the medical imaging studies that play such a vital role in diagnosing and treating diseases and medical conditions.
Cloud Computing & Clinical Apps: Beyond Storage
Compared with other industries, cloud-based clinical application development has been rather slow. However, as algorithms and computing power ramp up, healthcare providers are finding more choices and expanding capabilities among cloud apps.
Picture Perfect: ImageCare offers way for health care professionals to collaborate on medical imaging
You’re anxious. Those headaches hadn’t stopped, so you came in for those x-rays of your brain. Now you’re waiting while a trio of the top neurological experts in the nation confer on images. One is in Phoenix, another in Boston, the third in Anchorage — and you’re in Tucson. Instead of waiting days, even weeks for the images to be shipped back and forth to learn the course of your treatment, you get the news within the hour.
Dicom Grid gets $7.5 mil in financing for medical digital-imaging efforts
Dicom Grid, a Phoenix information-technology firm, announced that it has secured $7.5 million in financing from a syndicate led by Canaan Partners, with participation from CHL Medical Partners and private investors.
Web-based Imaging Firm Gets Funding
Phoenix-based DICOM Grid, which operates a Web-based platform enabling anytime access to diagnostic medical imaging studies by authorized physicians, has raised $7.5 million in a round of financing.
DICOM Grid secures $7.5M for imaging management
Healthcare IT company DICOM Grid has received $7.5 million in funding from a syndicate led by healthcare investor Canaan Partners with participation from healthcare venture capital firm CHL Medical Partners and private investors for market expansion and the development of medical imaging management technology.