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September 19, 2019
News > DICOM and HL7: Solving Interoperability Issues

DICOM and HL7: Solving Interoperability Issues

September 19, 2019

DICOM & HL7

DICOM offers a lot of capabilities for storing, transmitting and processing medical images and patient data. However, you must be aware that there are several other protocols, which causes interoperability problems. This time we’ll talk about interoperability and compare two common medical data standards – HL7 and DICOM, which are the most common protocols.

Interoperability issues may be illustrated in different ways. For example, a patient has to change hospitals (say, he is moving to another town). He expects that his EHR and all medical information would be transmitted successfully. But these two hospitals use different standards, and their information systems are unable to understand each other. So, the patient needs to retrieve his medical records on paper and perhaps even do some tests again. Imagine that the patient is seriously ill and needs ...

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    September 18, 2019
    News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 18, 2019

    EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 18, 2019

    September 18, 2019

    MEDICAL IMAGING NEWS

    The New England Journal of Medicine reports that vaping can cause lung diseases, i.e., marketing claims about the safety of electronic cigarettes may mislead the customers.

    EMSOW RELEASE

    [#19044] Patient address in templates

    We have enhanced our templated reporting engine. Now EMSOW can automatically fill a patient's street address, city, state, and ZIP Code in report templates.

    By the way, did you know that you could use the templates to create not just ultrasound worksheets and image interpretation reports, but also consent forms, requisition forms and other types of documentation? Ask us how!

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      September 12, 2019
      News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 12, 2019

      EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 12, 2019

      September 12, 2019

      MEDICAL BILLING NEWS

      AAPC discusses the new ICD-10 coding updates for 2020. If you're dealing with venous tests, this article might be of interest to you. Here at EMSOW, we are following the latest updates to satisfy the needs of your business.

      This time we have made a brief presentation about EMSOW billing. Your billers will love it, that's for sure!

      EMSOW BILLING FUNCTIONALITY

      We have made a brief presentation about EMSOW billing. Your billers will love it, that's for sure!
      EMSOW automates your revenue management cycle - from generating electronic claims and posting ERAs to tracking your invoices and detailed financial reporting.

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        September 4, 2019
        News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 4, 2019

        EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 4, 2019

        September 4, 2019

        INDUSTRY NEWS

        Healthcare Tech Outlook analyzes cloud mobility and its development. Our solution is cloud-based and absolutely mobile, which is ideal for businesses who work with traveling sonographers and mobile x-ray. This time we have added a new option, which can become useful for neurologists, and not only them.

        EMSOW RELEASE

        [#18999] Upload last saved drafts for certain templates

        Now you can retrieve the recent clinical findings within seconds. Our latest update allows you to populate a report with data from the previous visit. This functionality is essential for some types of visits, e.g. neurology consultations. To enable this functionality, go to Setup > Reading > Report templates, select the needed template, click “Edit,” then check the box “Load last saved draft.”
        This feature is also available in our mobile app.


        August 28, 2019
        News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 28, 2019

        EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 28, 2019

        August 28, 2019

        INDUSTRY NEWS

        Today, one of the hot topics is radiologists’ burnout. Radiology Business discusses the way EHRs contribute to it. Meanwhile, we are trying to decrease the professional burnout of the physicians by adding new automated features to healthcare software.

        EMSOW RELEASE

        [#18854] Ability to duplicate entity records

        We have added functionality to duplicate entity records in setup modules. Select the needed entity (e.g., insurance), then click “Duplicate selected”. Make the required changes in the entity record, then click “Save”. Populating settings in EMSOW is much easier now!

        Duplicate entity

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          August 28, 2019
          News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 21, 2019

          EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 21, 2019

          August 28, 2019

          EMSOW is one of the few platforms for automating imaging businesses, which takes pride in both its desktop and mobile versions. One of our latest upgrades is created to streamline the work of referring physicians.

          With EmsowMobile Pro, you can access your patients’ diagnostic images and reports anytime and anywhere.

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            August 22, 2019
            News > Modality Performed Procedure Step: Reliable feedback from your diagnostic equipment

            Modality Performed Procedure Step: Reliable feedback from your diagnostic equipment

            August 22, 2019

            Modality performed procedure step

            Along with Modality Worklist, which enables your information system to send study inquiries to diagnostic equipment, you can use one more DICOM tool, Modality Performed Procedure Step (also known as MPPS). Conversely to Modality Worklist, it enables your machines to send feedback to your RIS, HIS, PACS or another system (for example, you may use an integrated IT solution which combines all these tools). Like many other DICOM tools, it is an optional feature, so you might need to pay extra for it. Today, we will talk about the features of Modality Performed Procedure Step, the basic principles of its function and the benefits it offers.

            What is it for? When you order imaging studies, you might be concerned about the timeli...

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              August 15, 2019
              News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 15, 2019

              EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 15, 2019

              August 15, 2019

              The survey findings published in Radiology Business say that the vast majority of radiologists see significant value in teleradiology, although there are some disturbing factors, which prevent them from using teleradiology solutions.
              EMSOW is a cloud-based end-to-end teleradiology platform to improve your practice and eliminate technical issues. Today, we are proud to present our dispatching service in action (really, less than two minutes).

              Automate your technologist management with EMSOW. In the Dispatch module, you can assign exams to imaging technologists in two clicks and track the exams status 24/7.

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                August 7, 2019
                News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 7, 2019

                EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 7, 2019

                August 7, 2019

                Industry news

                On August 1, FDA published a list of recommendations to ensure the safety of patients and staff in MRI environments and improve safety testing and MRI information in medical device labeling.

                EMSOW Release

                [#18922] Dispatch Turnaround Time Analysis module

                Now you can easily view, compare, and analyze the turnaround time of your facilities. We have created a new module, where you can filter the list of exams by referring facility and see turnaround time for each exam as well as average time for the selected date range. To access it, go to the Analysis module and select Dispatch Turnaround Time Analysis in the dropdown menu.

                ...

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                  July 31, 2019
                  News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 31, 2019

                  EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 31, 2019

                  July 31, 2019

                  Industry News

                  Radiologists tend to show the highest interest in telemedicine compared to other physicians, reports Doximity.
                  This trend can lead to a growing demand for teleradiology platforms. Since 2009 EMSOW has been offering a cutting-edge radiology platform, tailored especially for radiology business at a very reasonable price.

                  [#16984] Create documents based on templates

                  Besides file uploading and paperwork scanning, you can now use templates to create documents in EMSOW! Click the “Documents” button and then click “Add using templates” to create a new document:

                  Add using template

                  This functionality is available in the Processing and Dispatch modules, as well as the...

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                    July 25, 2019
                    News > TOP 5 EMSOW FEATURES FOR MANAGING IMAGING BUSINESS

                    TOP 5 EMSOW FEATURES FOR MANAGING IMAGING BUSINESS

                    July 25, 2019

                    We asked our customers to choose the top 5 features for the last month. Here they come...

                    #1 Rendering Provider portal

                    Here, you can create studies in order to save the results of your work with patients. You can also add notes to the studies based on customizable templates. User-friendly search filters allow you to filter the studies by any criteria, from the date of service to the patient’s or doctor’s name.

                    Rendering Provider Portal

                    #2 New “Enterprise administrator” user group

                    We have added a new user group called Enterprise administrator. This g...

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                      July 18, 2019
                      News > How to eliminate data re-entry with cloud PACS and RIS

                      How to eliminate data re-entry with cloud PACS and RIS

                      July 18, 2019
                      Cloud PACS and data re-entry

                       

                      We have already mentioned problems arising from double data entry. The main issues are time expenditures and high risk of human error, as well as the need for duplicating and synchronizing databases, which may be a costly affair. In one of our previous articles, we discussed how DICOM Modality Worklist can help to transfer patient information from a scheduling or dispatching system to a diagnostic machine. However, the connection between your scheduling service and diagnostic equipment is just a single link in your IT infrastructure. This time we will look at the situation through a broader lens and talk about how integrated healthcare solutions can help to eliminate the problem completely.


                      July 10, 2019
                      News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 10, 2019

                      EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 10, 2019

                      July 10, 2019

                      INDUSTRY NEWS

                      According to the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the current trend is the consolidation of independent radiology groups into larger businesses. In this environment,
                      it’s getting harder for smaller practices to survive. The alternative way is scaling up. This can be achieved by automation and reaching a vast marketplace.
                      EMSOW offers both, and much more.

                      For
                      example, this week we have improved our time tracking system to help you manage
                      imaging technologists.

                       [#18822] Technologists can clock in and out
                      via web browser

                      T...

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                        July 3, 2019
                        News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 3, 2019

                        EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – July 3, 2019

                        July 3, 2019

                        Medical imaging news

                        CDs remain the predominant way of sharing radiological images with patients, says the Radiology journal. Today, with PACS storage and secure patient portals available, using CDs seems not entirely efficient, though.

                        EMSOW offers PACS with encrypted patient access and much more to streamline your imaging business.

                        EMSOW Release

                        [#18791] Copy address from “Nursing home” type referring facilities
                        We have increased the automation of data entry. Now you can copy the address of a referring facility to service records if the referring facility is a nursing home (i.e., its PoS code is 32). To use this feature, go to the Processing module, click Add or Edit, and click on the “Copy address from ref. facility” link.

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                          June 26, 2019
                          News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 26, 2019

                          EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 26, 2019

                          June 26, 2019

                          Healthcare IT News

                          AI in healthcare is one of the most discussed and controversial topics in the professional community. Artificial intelligence has attracted the attention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is currently working on the regulation of its use in medicine.

                          No matter whether you use artificial intelligence in your practice or natural intelligence of your team is enough, there's good news from EMSOW.

                          EMSOW PACS Bridge update
                          EMSOW PACS Bridge has been updated to version 1.2.319.0ed142. The new version allows you to view DICOM images right after you transfer them from your diagnostic unit, and includes stability improvements.

                          [#18623]
                          Enter a note on removing a
                          settings record
                          When a user removes a settings r...

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                            June 20, 2019
                            News > Sending Queries via Modality Worklist: 2 options

                            Sending Queries via Modality Worklist: 2 options

                            June 20, 2019
                            Modality Worklist Queries

                            Owners of diagnostic businesses, including those who have many years of experience, often find themselves in doubt about implementing modern technology and going digital. Many of these businesses are long accustomed to their daily workflow and tend to overlook the benefits of innovation. However, they can simplify a lot of routine processes, eliminate numerous errors and considerably boost the bottom line by raising productivity. At first glance, all these modern digital solutions may seem sophisticated, but actually, you just need to take a closer look. Previously we spoke about setting up Modality Worklist (MWL) on Mindray M7. This time we will try to send study queries from this machine to the DICOM server.

                            First, the queries can be sent manually.

                            ...

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                              June 19, 2019
                              News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 19, 2019

                              EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 19, 2019

                              June 19, 2019

                              Medical Imaging News

                              Ultrasound studies can reveal heart disease risk from psoriasis, according to Arthritis & Rheumatology, the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology. The findings were published on the 5th of June.

                              Meanwhile, the developers of EMSOW have prepared something to improve YOUR business.

                              [#18701] Edit notes in reading rules

                              Similar to billing rules, whenever you make changes to a reading rule, you will have to enter a note describing the changes you have made. After you click Save in the Edit reading rule window, a pop-up window will appear where you must enter the description of your changes. All notes, including the user name, date and time, are displayed in the Notes history pane attached to the Edit reading rule window. You can show or hide this pane by clicking...

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                                June 12, 2019
                                News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 12, 2019

                                EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 12, 2019

                                June 12, 2019

                                Healthcare IT News

                                A group of Japanese researchers has made a significant contribution to the use of Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) software. They have revealed and described a way how the CAD software can help quantify pulmonary fibrosis in lung cancer patients. The findings are published in the Radiology journal.

                                Meanwhile, we have released a useful feature to save your time and improve the efficiency of your team.

                                [#18760] Copy diagnoses in Service Edit window

                                If you deal with services consisting of multiple studies, there’s good news. Now you can save the time you spend on entering the same diagnoses for several studies. Click the Copy button to the right of the Diagnosis field, and the system will automatically copy all the diagnoses to the rest of the studies if their Diagnosis fields are empty.

                                Dx Copy

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                                  June 5, 2019
                                  News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 5, 2019

                                  EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – June 5, 2019

                                  June 5, 2019

                                  Healthcare IT News

                                  If you’ve been following industry news, you have probably noticed that AI is becoming extremely popular in medical imaging. Last week Chinese researchers published their findings on improving an AI algorithm, which detects pulmonary nodules.

                                  Another
                                  rapidly developing field is healthcare business automation. This week EMSOW
                                  developers have created a dedicated portal for nurse practicioners and
                                  physician assistants.

                                  [#18663] Rendering Provider portal

                                  To improve EMSOW’s usability for clinical practitioners, we have created the Rendering Provider portal. Here, you can create studies in order to sav...

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                                    May 29, 2019
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                                    EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – May 29, 2019

                                    May 29, 2019

                                    Medical imaging news

                                    IT and Artificial intelligence are strengthening their presence in the imaging industry. Last week researchers at the American College of Radiology reported their findings on improving the AI algorithm of thyroid nodules risk stratification.

                                    This week EMSOW
                                    team has been working on optimizing automation and user-friendliness of our
                                    system.

                                    [#18639] Automatically send images for reading upon preliminary report completion in Processing

                                    Previously, reading rules were not automatically triggered when you used the Processing module to complete a preliminary report, unlike the PACS Storage and Technologist Portal modules. Now the system automatically sends images for ...

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                                      May 23, 2019
                                      News > Setting up Your Ultrasound System: Modality Worklist Configuration

                                      Setting up Your Ultrasound System: Modality Worklist Configuration

                                      May 23, 2019
                                      DICOM Service

                                      The DICOM standard has become a substantial component of today’s imaging technology. It offers such features as Image Storage, Structured Reporting, Modality Performed Procedure Step (MMPS), and Modality Worklist. The vast majority of modern imaging equipment as well as software is DICOM compliant. However, to use advanced DICOM capabilities, an imaging technologist may need specific training, skill and practice, and it does not always come easy. Therefore, a lot of useful tools may remain unused or simply ignored. We would like to share an insight into DICOM benefits.

                                      Previously, we spoke about essential features of DICOM Modality Worklist. Now let us move from theory to practice. W...

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                                        May 22, 2019
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                                        EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – May 22, 2019

                                        May 22, 2019

                                        Medical imaging news

                                        News from the Society of Magnetic Resonance Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT). MRI has shown that even a small amount of cannabis causes changes in the adolescent brain.

                                        As for EMSOW, our recent update is aimed at improving your reports so that you could present your findings in the best possible way.

                                        [#18635] Additional signature in report addendums

                                        From now on, amended reports from reading doctors will include an "Amended by" line specifying the name of the doctor who amended the report.

                                        Additional Signature

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                                          May 16, 2019
                                          News > EMSOW at APDA Billing Midyear Conference 2019

                                          EMSOW at APDA Billing Midyear Conference 2019

                                          May 16, 2019

                                          Thanks to all the organizers, participants, and guests of APDA 2019 Billing Midyear Conference. Great event for sharing your valuable experience and plenty of opportunities to present our latest products for x-ray and ultrasound billing. See you next time!

                                          If you want to follow up or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at connect@emsow.com.

                                          EMSOW at UPDA 2019

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                                            May 15, 2019
                                            News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – May 15, 2019

                                            EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – May 15, 2019

                                            May 15, 2019

                                            News of the World

                                            Hello World!

                                            One of the most important industry news of the last two weeks is FDA’s new instruction regarding reports about the problems associated with the use of Rubidium-82 generators (for details, please refer to the official FDA release).

                                            As for EMSOW, we have released a line of essential upgrades to improve the transparency and efficiency of your business.

                                            EMSOW Release

                                            [#18550] PACS Package Manager
                                            We have created the PACS Package Manager module for packing DICOM files and burning CD/DVD discs, which increases EMSOW’s user-friendliness and improves your efficiency. Now you can manage all your PACS archives and ISO files in one module.
                                            We have replaced the DICOM package queue panel with a convenient notification system. Now, you can save plenty of time, since you don’t have to monitor the queue and wait until your archive is ready. Instead, you will receive a pop-up notification wi...

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                                              May 8, 2019
                                              News > EMSOW AT APDA 2019

                                              EMSOW AT APDA 2019

                                              May 8, 2019

                                              EMSOW is proud to take part in APDA 2019 Midyear Billing Conference, organized by the American Portable Diagnostics Association.

                                              Meet EMSOW team on May 8–9 at Booth 2 to learn about how our software can help you bill for mobile X-ray services (including transportation and setup), dispatch technicians, store and interpret DICOM images in one easy-to-use app.

                                              If you are looking for a radiologist to read X-rays, EMSOW can help you find the right doctor in your state via MDW radiology marketplace we partner with.

                                              You can contact us online or on the phone. Schedule a meeting, and we will get in touch with you at your convenience.

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                                                April 24, 2019
                                                News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 24, 2019

                                                EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 24, 2019

                                                April 24, 2019

                                                Hello, world!

                                                A week ago, radiologists in China found a 13 cm spoon in a woman’s duodenum. She accidentally swallowed it when she tried to remove a fishbone out of her throat. Luckily, the spoon was timely extracted.

                                                And if you need to improve your turnaround time, we’ve got something new for you.

                                                [#18551] Automatically change service status and auto-assign
                                                a technologist

                                                When a technologist attaches images by dragging and dropping study tiles in the Technologist Portal, the system automatically changes the service status from “Scheduled” to “Performed”. Now your scheduling managers can save their time since they don’t need to manually change the service status prior to image upload—the ...

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                                                  April 19, 2019
                                                  News > Mobile and Paperless Solutions for Medical Imaging: Keeping Things in Order

                                                  Mobile and Paperless Solutions for Medical Imaging: Keeping Things in Order

                                                  April 19, 2019

                                                  Mobile solution

                                                  Go 100% paperless and mobile with smartphone apps and modern PACS-integrated software!

                                                  Document management is a daily routine for any healthcare enterprise. If you run a mobile diagnostic business, you surely have faced many paperwork-related issues. The most obvious of them are workflow complexity and low usability, but that’s not even half of the story. Let’s talk about some hidden pitfalls of paper record-keeping and see how modern technologies, such as PACS and smartphone applications, spare your time and effort and, at the end of the day, cut your expenses.

                                                  Workflow complexity. Typically, your staff has to create multiple documents for each patient: referral and consent forms, progress notes, eligibility approvals, reports etc. Such documents are often handw...

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                                                    April 17, 2019
                                                    News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 17, 2019

                                                    EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 17, 2019

                                                    April 17, 2019

                                                    News of the world

                                                    Hi there!

                                                    Male pregnancy is possible in the near future. Kirtly Jones from Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Healthcare says human embryos can be produced from ordinary skin cells. So women can use this technology too. If you encounter such a case in your practice (or possibly not), EMSOW team has prepared a new feature to improve your image management.

                                                    [#18531] Task manager module

                                                    To streamline your exam management, we have added a new module called Task manager. You can find it in the Dispatch dropdown menu on the upper navigation bar. The new functionality allows you to add tasks related to your exams. For example, your client may require a film and a CD in addition to DICOM images. Go to the Dispatch module, select the needed study, click on the Exam Tasks icon, set one or several tasks, and assign them to the responsible employees.


                                                    April 11, 2019
                                                    News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 10, 2019

                                                    EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 10, 2019

                                                    April 11, 2019

                                                    Hello, world! First, some insurance facts. Did you know that alien abduction insurance in the USA exists since 1987, Gene Simmons from the Kiss band has insured his tongue for $1,000,000 (quite reasonable!), and Starbucks pays for their employees’ insurance more than for their coffee? As for EMSOW’s insurance and billing sections, this week we have completed a new feature to improve your claims management, as well as another useful option. Both upgrades were suggested by our customers!

                                                    EMSOW Release

                                                    [#18071] Void claims resubmission

                                                    Claims management is gradually becoming more complex, and EMSOW team is keeping up with the ever-changing business environment. Now, you can resubmit claims not only as original or replacement

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                                                      April 3, 2019
                                                      News > EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 3, 2019

                                                      EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – April 3, 2019

                                                      April 3, 2019

                                                      Tech News Digest

                                                      What's up, Doc?

                                                      A week ago a Charity group called University of the Underground launched a series of audio releases recorded on X-ray film. The project attracted the iconic artists and lecturers: Massive Attack, Sigur Rós, Noam Chomsky and many more.

                                                      Great way of X-ray film utilization (although not quite new).

                                                      However, if you are going to send your x-rays for reading and billing, instead of engraving your new album on them, the latest EMSOW upgrade is just what you need.