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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.
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