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House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal the medical device tax, originally implemented as a piece of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, by a vote of 283 to 132. Fifty-seven Democrats voted with Republicans to eliminate the 2.3 percent tax. All eyes are now on the Senate to see what may happen next.

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Doctors are Increasingly Turning to Food as Medicine

Diet and Health

We are all well aware of the importance of our diet for our health.  Unfortunately having the awareness and making sure we steer clear of processed foods and make healthier choices doesn’t always happen in practice.

Healing sick bodies requires the right medical professional and testing equipment but also the proper nutrition.

Functional Medicine Approach

A functional medicine approach or seeing your food as medicine helps you make better decisions about what (and how) to eat in order to make the best decisions for your recovery and wellbeing.  Doctor and nutritionists are now uncovering the benefits of a proper diet as food influences our genes and triggers messages that create health or disease. There are many factors that combine to bring about disease such as stress, nutrition, hormone balance, the health of our gut, and the importance of detoxification and food.

Food and Our Cells

Doctors are turning to health foods as medicine in increasing numbers to raise the bar on health standards and see improved patient results.  The right food can help us maintain our health, prevent disease, allow our bodies to function properly and nourish our cells.

It may be surprising how long we have actually known how important Good nutrition is for our health.  “Food is Medicine” is a term coined by Hippocrates, almost 2500 years ago. He believed eating the right foods was central to our health.

Stay healthy friends and enjoy the coming of a new year in 2017

Streamlining Data Delivery with Vertex®

Executive Summary

Managing incoming data requests, faster DICOM processing, improved user interfaces, digital sharing support and increased connectivity speed were only some of the goals eHealth Technologies had for partnering with Sorna Corporation and integrating Vertex to manage data requests to send to major hospitals across the U.S.

Challenges

Medical images received by eHealth Technologies come primarily in the form of CDs from healthcare facilities and clinics located throughout the US. The majority of the data follows DICOM format although a significant amount is also received following proprietary formats.  Much of the data was unusable before Vertex. The eHealth Technologies team used a few applications in order to address the different formats.

Multiple applications created challenges for:

  • Management – Excessive licensing, training challenges
  • Service/Support team – Training and switching b/w applications takes a lot of time
  • IT Team – Supporting multiple applications. Talking to multiple companies to troubleshoot problems

How Sorna’s Vertex Solution Helped

  • Management – Now only one vendor to deal with
  • Service/Support – Sorna offers enhanced customer service and quality support. Now there are fewer applications to learn. Also, Vertex loads more data faster which is at par with LiteBox. However, Vertex allows for queue monitoring
  • IT team – Good vendor support and simplification of application knowledge/support

“Vertex has replaced at least 2 or 3 applications – reducing training challenges and tech support.” – Belimar Velazquez, V.P. of Marketing

Results, Return on Investment and Future Plans

eHealth is enjoying  improved relationships with other vendors by ensuring data delivery and queue management monitoring that further avoids delays in data delivery.

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Operational Efficiencies Enjoyed by eHealth Technologies

 

“We consider Sorna a crucial partner to our success. On the ball doing releases to as needed. Easy access to the service engineers and development engineers in the team. Expect relationship to continue.” – Belimar Velazquez, V.P. of Marketing

eHealth Technologehealthies’ eHealth Connect® Platform provides clinicians with access to patients’ critical clinical information from out-of-network sources and integrates it in an organized way with the electronic medical record (EMR) and the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), providing a more complete picture of a patient’s medical condition. A doctor or hospital receiving the referral will then have all of the information they need for patient treatment. The provider does not need to do all of the legwork and receive back unorganized CDs, pathology slides, faxes or paper records. This also reduces the burden of medical record collection on the patients and their caregivers.