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“My view is that we want to provide the highest quality care possible for our patients. In some situations that might be with a remotely located physician; in others, not. I think that as long as we keep our eye on the ball—that ball being the patient—we will be okay in the end.”

— Eric J. Thomas, director of the University of Texas-Memorial Hermann Center for Health Care Quality and Safety, as reported in The New York Times.

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Reading Room at 30,000 Feet
By Jim Knaub

A friend in the PACS business called me from his hotel in the Bahamas using his magicJack, laptop, and the hotel Internet service. He told me he had downloaded two CT exams to his iPhone during the flight using the WiFi service on the plane.

Listen carefully. Is that the sound of paradigm shifting?

Ed Heere, president and CEO of CoActiv Medical Business Solutions, was on vacation with his wife, and as he explained it, “only working about five hours a day.”

Ed and I meet for breakfast at RSNA every year and also yak by phone now and again about radiology and the PACS business. Letting me know that he was preparing to lounge by the pool with an umbrella-topped boat drink—while I was back in Pennsylvania slugging it out with winter between the midweek snowstorm and the forecast weekend blizzard—was just a perk. Ed was really excited about his company’s Exam-PACS iPhone and iPad apps—and his thoughts that this type of Web-enabled, wireless tablet technology may transform healthcare information exchange.

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