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ResolutionMD® Receives FDA Clearance for All Modalities

  
  
  
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Written by Kyle Peterson, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.

Last week was an exciting one at Calgary Scientific, as we celebrated another FDA clearance! This now brings us to a total of seven clearances granted by the US FDA since 2006. What does this new clearance mean? Medical practitioners can now diagnose any modality* on a range of mobile and web devices using ResolutionMD, our leading enterprise image-viewer. It enables healthcare professionals a way to view and diagnose images from anywhere, inside or out of the hospital walls. This FDA clearance builds on our previous clearances for iOS and Android devices. ResolutionMD has also been by approved by Health Canada and is CE marked for distribution in Europe.

ResolutionMD® Mobilizes Radiologists at SAR 2014

  
  
  
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Written by Jonathan Draper, Senior Product Manager.

For the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR), continuing education for its members is of utmost importance. This year at the SAR annual meeting in Boca Raton, attendees looking to brush up on reading small bowel imaging cases experienced an innovative way to receive live training from experts.

Proposed healthcare PROTECT Act could put your health at risk

  
  
  
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Written by Kyle Peterson, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.

The United States Senate is now considering a new bill, called the PROTECT Act, a companion bill to the SOFTWARE Act which was introduced in the House of Representatives in October. Both bills seek to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are intended to limit the FDA's authority in regulating clinical and health software - in particular the mobile medical applications which have proliferated in the past few years.

The Impact of Cloud Portability on Healthcare CIO Decision Making

  
  
  
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Written by Dr. Byron Osing, CEO & Chair.

Healthcare CIO’s have very tough jobs these days. They are handed shrinking capital expenditure and IT related spending budgets nearly every year, and are expected to get more bang for the buck out of their IT infrastructure at the same time. They are also faced with the fact that the vast majority of their existing or legacy systems simply don’t work together, which is known as the ‘non-interoperability’ issue in healthcare.  This issue costs U.S. taxpayers and healthcare plan payers alone an estimated $30 billion per year of operational inefficiencies.

Simplify your way to an Image-Enabled Enterprise

  
  
  
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Written by Dr.Byron Osing, CEO & Chair.

Is there really such thing as a true ‘plug and play’ technology when it comes to enterprise image viewing? I work in the technology business, but when I bring home a new computing or entertainment device that is supposed to just “plug in” to my existing technology - whether that be a computer; a television; or otherwise, I usually end up calling my more tech savvy and highly patient wife for help to get my new product working. I can’t decide what’s more frustrating, not being able to figure out my household technology or hearing about the interoperability issues costing the healthcare industry 30+ billion a year!

FDA Accreditation Terminology – Magic or Misdirection?

  
  
  
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Written by Dr.Byron Osing, CEO and Chair.

Have you ever watched a really good magician? It is incredible the tricks they can create before your very eyes and you are left amazed with the performance. When it comes to reviewing technology in the medical industry, you also have to be certain that companies are not playing tricks on you with the wording they use to describe their capability. Recently, the FDA announced long awaited social media guidance for medical marketing. The good news is the FDA is taking notice with this misdirection. The not so great news is the guidance covers drugs and biologics and does not yet apply to medical devices, (which includes software). 

Following up from RSNA 2013

  
  
  
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Written by Pierre Lemire, President & CTO

Heading into RSNA 2013, I wrote about advancements in technology over the past 25 years and how significant improvements in technology has allowed us to deliver on what we hoped would be possible.  This seemed to resonate with many people based on the number of times it was brought up to me at our booth. That’s one of my highlights from RSNA - getting to engage directly with people and hearing their thoughts on our strategy.  Nothing is more valuable in my opinion.

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Images, 14.4kbs modems, iPhones and 25 years of innovation

  
  
  
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Written by Pierre Lemire, President & CTO.

We have come a long way in the last 25 years, as ongoing innovation has freed us from technical limitations we once had in creating, distributing and analyzing important image information. It is now up to us to apply technology that will revolutionize patient care. 

Image-Enabling the Enterprise: One Simple Viewer Says It All

  
  
  
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Written by Dr.Byron Osing, CEO and Chair.

The amount of images being generated in healthcare today is growing at an extremely rapid pace. In fact, over the past five years, it is estimated that PACS storage requirements in U.S. hospitals grew at a rate of more than 20 percent per year. Healthcare professionals rely on images from ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs to create treatment plans for their patients. Unfortunately, because of multiple IT systems with different interfaces, it can be very time consuming to locate a specific study. If they can’t get timely access to images, it affects the overall level of care they can provide.

The Medical Imaging Picture Gets Clearer for Intermountain Healthcare

  
  
  
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Hospitals are scrambling to keep up with the multiplying images, reports and files that they are dealing with today. In the US alone, archives are increasing at a rate of 20-40% each year. In addition to the sheer amount of data to manage, they are also dealing with different file formats, data located in disparate systems and diminishing budgets. The situation is equally as tough for the medical staff who must work with multiple imaging systems over the course of a single day.

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