Toshiba America Medical Systems has added two software augmentations from Pie Medical Imaging to its Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray devices to improve the way doctors perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures. The 3mensio Valve software is designed to help doctors in treatment planning, while the CAAS A-Valve software is used during interventional procedures.
The Medical Society of Milwaukee County plans to launch a database that will help doctors track and prevent painkiller abuse in the county. The society plans to standardize patient medication-management agreements to prevent doctors from operating in isolation and to seek legislation that would mandate a statewide system.
International Association of Dental and Medical Disciplines members who have online visits with their patients will receive reimbursement from Aetna and Cigna. "People can wait a long time to get in to see their primary care doctor and longer for a specialist. ... To have immediate access is huge," said a medical director for Aetna. More insurers are expected to follow.
The majority of U.S. providers and hospitals still use paper records, which experts attribute to security concerns, cost barriers, few good software options, and a lack of leadership and incentives. Experts say the federal government could do a lot more to encourage providers and hospitals to adopt the technology.