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The 2013 PACSman Awards: Coming out of the dark
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - After a two-year hiatus, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his PACSman Awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2013 show.
Referring physicians would like multimedia radiology reports
November 22, 2013 -- Stories are always better with pictures, and that may also be true for radiology reports. A Stanford University team recently determined that reports with embedded images would be of considerable interest to referring physicians, and they may even yield improvements in patient care and outcomes.
House subcommittee mulls new approach to mobile app regulation
November 20, 2013 -- The debate over how best to regulate mobile medical apps reached the halls of the U.S. Congress this week as representatives sparred over a proposed bill that could strip the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its authority to regulate many types of app software.
Can social media improve communication in healthcare?
November 19, 2013 -- Social media has transformed the way many people communicate and interact. Could technologies used for social media platforms also improve communication within healthcare organizations? They just might, according to a team from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Big data and its relevance to medical imaging
November 8, 2013 -- "Big data" is a buzzword you'll be seeing a lot over the next few years as your corporate executive team and healthcare vendors incorporate it into their business development activities. Hjalmer Danielson from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting helps give some definition to the term in this new column.
Speech recognition improves report turnaround time
November 7, 2013 -- Using speech recognition software improved report turnaround time 24-fold in a community radiology practice, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiology still looms large in ECRI's top 10 hazards
November 5, 2013 -- Medical radiation no longer tops the top 10 list of technology hazards published each year by the ECRI Institute. That dubious honor, for the second year in a row, goes to those beeping, buzzing, distracting, infuriating, wolf-crying alarms that are becoming ubiquitous throughout healthcare.
Emergency docs want decision support to tackle CT overuse
October 21, 2013 -- Generating roughly one-third of all CT scans, the emergency department would seem a key target for imaging decision-support software. And emergency physicians would welcome the technology, if research from Washington University School of Medicine is any indication.
Integrating imaging informatics in a health system: Part 2
September 19, 2013 -- In this second part of a series on integrating imaging informatics in a health system, AuntMinnie.com describes the experience of the Yale New Haven Health System. Part 1 presented the experience of the North Shore - LIJ Health System.
Integrating imaging informatics in a health system: Part 1
September 18, 2013 -- In the first of a two-part series on integrating imaging informatics in a health system, AuntMinnie.com presents the experience of the North Shore - LIJ Health System. Part 2 will describe the experience of the Yale New Haven Health System.
CTRM: Changing how radiologists and clinicians communicate
August 12, 2013 -- The adoption of critical test results management (CTRM) software can bring changes in how radiologists communicate with referring physicians -- changes for the better. In this article, Dr. Mark Flyer of Maimonides Medical Center describes how his hospital's implementation of a CTRM system led to better communication.
Study finds docs aren't 'gaming' decision-support software
August 8, 2013 -- Referring physicians sometimes don't like it when clinical decision-support software tells them they can't order an imaging exam. But how often do doctors enter inaccurate lab data to try to "game" the system to get the test they want? Not very often, if the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital is any indication.
Ditch your index cards: Web-based QA bolsters image quality
July 31, 2013 -- Quality assurance (QA) for imaging study acquisition can be a little challenging in the PACS era, but a Web-based reporting system for facilitating feedback between radiologists and technologists can get meaningful results, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Critical results notification system speeds timely results
July 29, 2013 -- A critical results notification system that combines software with a defined workflow for telephone communication can efficiently and reliably communicate critical results to referring clinicians, according to researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Software tool puts past radiology reports at your fingertips
July 25, 2013 -- Wouldn't it be great if while you're interpreting a set of images, you could simultaneously review a group of similar cases from previously reported studies? Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have developed just such a tool using open-source software.
What do I need to know about HL7?
July 25, 2013 -- During the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.
Software tool helps residents track report changes
July 19, 2013 -- Radiology residents may not always know what changes have been made to their preliminary reports by attending radiologists, potentially missing out on valuable educational opportunities. Software developed by a team from Johns Hopkins Hospital aims to close this communication gap.
Will CDA replace HL7 version 2 messaging?
July 18, 2013 -- CDA, or Clinical Document Architecture, is a new information exchange standard under HL7 that is mandated by the U.S. government's meaningful use program. In this article, radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech explains CDA and how it differs from previous HL7 standards on messaging.
Clinical validation advances SIIM's SWIM initiative
July 16, 2013 -- The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is trying to make it easier to compare quality between radiology sites by developing a lexicon of common terms for describing the workflow of a patient moving through an imaging facility. But how well does the SIIM Workflow Initiative in Medicine (SWIM) work in the real world?
Electronic health records trim outpatient radiology cost
July 16, 2013 -- Thanks in large part to reductions in ambulatory radiology spending, ambulatory electronic health records can slow the growth rate of outpatient care costs compared to traditional paper records, according to a pilot study published in the July 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
MDCT: Informatics can help evaluate CT image quality
June 18, 2013 -- Radiology has made great progress in the science of improving CT image quality and controlling radiation dose, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel. Imaging informatics can help put this science into clinical practice, he said on Monday at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in Washington, DC.
SIIM: CPOE for radiologists eases entry of scanner protocols
June 10, 2013 -- GRAPEVINE, TX - Computerized physician order-entry (CPOE) technology isn't just for referring physicians anymore. CPOE software can be used by radiologists to efficiently order the scanner protocols that carry out imaging studies, according to a presentation on Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
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