DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is an international standard used for storing, integrating and exchanging medical image data. DICOM is mainly used in radiology, cardiology imaging, x-ray, CT, MRI etc. and one of the widely used medical standards by clinicians in the world.
DICOM was established in 1982. Back in olden days exchanging medical images from one device/software to other was a cumbersome process because of different formats adopted by device. It involves conversion of source image into target device specific format. Also storing images with patient information. DICOM created to solve these compatibility issues. The main purpose of this standard is to enable interoperability among various medical devices/software’s to create, exchange and view medical image files without any specific conversion. Read more
Recent National E-Health implementation added additional identifiers IHI, HPI-I and HPI-O can be used for an individual and provider on top of existing identifiers such as Medicare, Insurance etc. Different identifiers are used for different purposes for example insurance identifier is used when sending insurance information to identify specific individual, IHI number used when accessing PCEHR, organisation may use one Medicare number for billing purposes and other for administrative purposes. Read more
Healthcare identifiers (HI) Service developed by the federal, state and territory governments that uniquely identifies healthcare providers and consumers. These identifiers are important building blocks of E-Health in Australia and used to enable PCEHR system and are used on medical documents, patient wrist bands, tokens etc. Read more
Before discussing about algorithms, I will discuss some frequent terms used in DNA analysis. I’m not a biological student but one who uses algorithms for DNA mappings, sequencing related analysis need to understand frequently used terms around DNA Read more
An EMR is an electronic health record system that keeps track of patient’s medical history specific to particular provider. It’s a digital version of paper charts maintained by providers. People who are in patient care(doctor, clinician, radiologist, pharmacist etc.) will access EMR to view and update medical records frequently. Read more
Hospitals maintains patient’s health records with EMR software which are fully controlled and managed by them and are specific in nature. This type of record management unless implemented part of EMR software have the following limitations when addressing patient’s needs. Most EMR’s available in the market doesn’t provide these features and are expensive to develop. Read more
A Personal health record (PHR) is a tool used to collect, track and share past and current about your health or the health of someone in your care.
PHR’s are categorized into two types based on its data ownership and control Read more