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The PACSman Awards: HIMSS 2014 edition
March 5, 2014 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference is a completely different show than RSNA's annual confab in Chicago. RSNA is more serious, while HIMSS has an almost carnival atmosphere to it, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, also known as the PACSman.
HIMSS: IT service models ease shift of PACS to enterprise IT
February 26, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - Moving control of imaging informatics from radiology to enterprise IT can spark a real culture clash. However, IT service models used by chief information officers outside of healthcare can help smooth this transition, according to a talk at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: RHIO image exchange saves lives, cuts dupe exams
February 25, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - It could have been a tragedy. But thanks to image exchange via the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in New York, a patient's life was saved, according to a Tuesday presentation at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
Report: Medical cybersecurity risks include radiology software
February 24, 2014 -- Many healthcare information assets have been compromised, and no organization is immune, according to a report issued by Internet security firm SANS Institute and sponsored by security firm Norse. Radiology software was among the most prominent healthcare sources of malicious Internet traffic.
Health information exchange lowers repeat emergency imaging
January 30, 2014 -- Adopting health information exchange between unaffiliated healthcare providers leads to significant decreases in repeat imaging studies in emergency departments and could potentially save millions of dollars, according to a large study from the University of Michigan.
Decision support aids follow-up of incidental lung nodules
January 7, 2014 -- Fewer than 1% of incidental pulmonary nodules on abdominal CT turn out to be malignant; however, the odds of catching these rare lung cancers could be improved by using clinical decision-support software when recommending follow-up imaging, according to research from Massachusetts General Hospital.
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.
New Revolution CT scanner paces GE's RSNA introductions
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - A new CT scanner called Revolution that acquires 16 cm of data per rotation is the RSNA 2013 highlight for GE Healthcare. The vendor is also showcasing women's imaging, a rebranding of its automated breast ultrasound technology, and a new angiography system with large-format digital detectors.
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.
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