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Electronic records tied to fewer malpractice claims
June 27, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors who start using electronic health records are less likely to get sued than their colleagues who stick with traditional paper records, according to new findings from Massachusetts.
SIIM: How to add clinical decision support -- and make it stick
June 10, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The key to success for implementing clinical decision support with computerized physician order-entry systems for diagnostic imaging is based on three key principles, according to a presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM: Kinect estimates patient size for better dose management
June 9, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - Microsoft's Kinect video game controller is being used to estimate body habitus of patients, with the goal of developing more accurate dose estimates tailored to individuals. A project still in its earliest stages captivated attendees on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM: Radiology providers should not ignore social media
June 8, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - No matter what opinion a radiologist has of social media, it's becoming an intrinsic communication tool. Creative use of social media can strengthen the visibility of a radiology department, attendees were told on Thursday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Confused about cybersecurity? Resources are here to help
June 8, 2012 -- As the healthcare industry ramps up its adoption of electronic health records, and radiologists increasingly add mobile devices and cloud archiving to their digital mix, questions about the security of digital data should escalate. Just how safe and impenetrable are imaging data?
SIIM: Millennial Generation eyes future of medical imaging
June 7, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The Millennial Generation has brought us Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. What if that same vision were applied to imaging informatics? That question was explored this morning in the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Can patient photos help cut medical errors?
June 5, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Putting children's photos in their electronic hospital charts could help reduce one type of medical error, a study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics suggests.
Data repository tracks radiation exposure in nuclear medicine
June 1, 2012 -- Spurred by the recent emphasis on reducing radiation exposure, researchers in Boston have developed a way to create a data repository from nuclear medicine reports to better facilitate patient-specific monitoring of radiation dose, according to a study published online May 24 in Radiology.
Incomplete abdominal US documentation leads to income loss
May 30, 2012 -- Incomplete documentation in abdominal ultrasound reports is common and contributes to loss of revenue at many practices, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
VA issues report on security for mobile devices
May 25, 2012 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General has published the findings of its investigation into allegations that the organization was circumventing security requirements for Apple mobile devices.
Critical test results: Make every effort to communicate
May 15, 2012 -- Communication breakdown for critical test results is an important healthcare issue that can negatively affect patient safety, said Dr. Jonathan Berlin in a May 15 presentation at RADExpo 2012: Spring PACS Symposium, an AuntMinnie.com virtual conference.
Structured reports offer myriad benefits to radiology
May 15, 2012 -- TORONTO - The use of structured reports in radiology will allow the uncomplicated retrieval of pertinent information for referring physicians, opening up many potential applications, according to a talk at the Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology conference.
Decision-support software reduces emergency CT orders by 10%
May 11, 2012 -- A decision-support software tool that requires emergency department physicians to explain why they are ordering CT scans reduced the number of abdominal studies being performed at a Philadelphia hospital by 10%, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in Chicago.
ACR, ASTRO comment on proposed stage 2 MU rules
May 10, 2012 -- May 7 was the deadline to comment on the second stage of achieving meaningful use (MU), the U.S. government's initiative promoting conversion to healthcare IT. The deadline triggered a flurry of activity from interested parties, including the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
ARRS: MGH study affirms value of clinical decision-support software
May 3, 2012 -- When the clinical indications for ordering a CT chest exam receive a high "appropriateness" score from a clinical decision-support system, the probability that the exam will be positive is also high, according to a study presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Vancouver.
Deadline looms for comment on stage 2 MU proposals
April 13, 2012 -- What is happening with the proposed stage 2 meaningful use (MU) requirements? Not much has been said since the flurry of media coverage accompanied a preview of the new requirements by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the U.S. national coordinator for health IT, at HIMSS in February. But now is the time to speak up.
Integrating images with EHR yields dividends
April 13, 2012 -- Integrating PACS with the electronic health record (EHR) is no easy task, but it's worth the effort to provide clinicians with access to a single, comprehensive view of patient clinical information, according to a team from Harris County Hospital District in Houston.
Imaging devices present hidden security risks
April 6, 2012 -- At an Ohio hospital recently, a member of the radiology department staff received an email from her boyfriend that included spybot software. When she opened the email on a computer at the facility, thousands of patient reports and images began downloading. Don't let this be you.
CVIS, RIS offer growth prospects amidst PACS saturation
March 14, 2012 -- While the PACS markets in most developed regions have reached a point of high saturation, the worldwide market for cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) and radiology information systems (RIS) is expected to be worth $600 million in 2012.
Mostashari weighs in on whether EMRs lead to imaging use
March 8, 2012 -- Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator of the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has jumped into the fray over whether the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) leads to more imaging use, as claimed by a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Study finds radiology report access may increase exams ordered
March 6, 2012 -- Does physicians' access to patients' electronic medical records or to radiology records on a PACS reduce the number of exams they order? Results of a large study published in the March Health Affairs analyzing exam ordering patterns revealed just the opposite.
Software tool provides data mining of radiology reports
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - A data-mining software platform can analyze text in German radiology reports and provide semantic links between images and textual descriptions, according to a presentation on Friday at the European Congress of Radiology.
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