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Mammography, CT, PET/MRI pace Philips RSNA product debuts
November 29, 2011 -- CHICAGO - Philips Healthcare is highlighting its renewed push in mammography in its RSNA booth, as well as new product introductions in CT and the ongoing development of its PET/MRI program, which got a boost with a key regulatory clearance before the show.
Non-DICOM-compliant CDs are increasingly common
November 29, 2011 -- CHICAGO - The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has experienced a disconcerting increase over the past four years in the number of outside image CDs that fail to conform to the DICOM standard, according to a study presented on Monday at the RSNA 2011 meeting.
New angio system leads GE's RSNA product debuts
November 28, 2011 -- CHICAGO - At the top of the agenda in the RSNA 2011 booth of GE Healthcare is a new laser-guided, robotic-controlled interventional angiography system that was unveiled with fanfare at this week's meeting. Also featured are patient-controlled environments for mammography and MRI, a new mobile x-ray system, and a new entry in the vendor's PET/CT product line.
Structured report templates gaining visibility at RSNA
November 27, 2011 -- CHICAGO - What's new about structured report templates at the RSNA 2011 meeting, which begins its whirlwind week today in the Windy City? There's plenty to learn about this concept as it continues to move toward radiology practice-changing adoption.
Mayo improves radiology operations with event reporting system
November 22, 2011 -- The radiology department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has developed database software to capture adverse events and patient safety-related issues. The program has evolved into an extremely valuable quality assurance tool for the department.
Web-based access to patient records saves money
November 17, 2011 -- A financial study evaluating how the use of health information exchanges by emergency physicians affects patient management has confirmed that millions of dollars could be saved if physicians can get immediate access to patients' medical records, according to a November 4 article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Radiation dose still high on ECRI's technology hazards list
November 16, 2011 -- Inappropriate and/or unnecessary radiation dose exposure from CT scans and radiation therapy is still in the top 10 list of health technology hazards published annually by research and consulting group ECRI Institute.
Start-up firm Lucid offers IT boost to local radiology groups
November 15, 2011 -- Local radiology groups are under serious pressure, beset by declining reimbursement, hospital clients driving harder bargains, and national radiology firms that want to eat their lunch. Enter Lucid Radiology, a start-up debuting at this month's RSNA 2011 meeting that sees healthcare IT as a solution to the woes of local groups.
Healthcare IT needs stronger safety focus, IOM report says
November 11, 2011 -- Healthcare information technology is lacking a strong focus on patient safety, and as a result it's impossible to quantify whether patients are actually safer through the use of healthcare IT software, according to a report issued November 10 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Electronic medical records rarely encrypted: expert
November 10, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Electronic medical records, which the Obama administration would like to see widely used, are rarely encrypted so a data breach could be triggered by the simple theft of a laptop or misplaced thumb drive, a privacy expert told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Tablet PCs won't replace workstations for primary image review
October 24, 2011 -- Mobile tablet computers equipped with clinical apps for medical image review aren't going to replace diagnostic workstations anytime soon because radiologists still need "real estate" when evaluating subtle images. This was one nugget of advice gleaned by attendees at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
Patient-controlled exam exchange could save millions
October 21, 2011 -- Giving patients control over the exchange of their radiology reports and images could save millions of dollars in healthcare expenditures. In addition, patient-focused electronic image exchange would also benefit radiologists, according to imaging informatics expert Dr. Khan Siddiqui.
Medical records of 4.9M exposed in Texas breach
September 30, 2011 -- SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The personal and medical records of some 4.9 million active and retired military and their families may have been exposed to possible theft in a major data breach, their health provider said on Thursday.
Meaningful use, legacy systems may spark RIS market
September 29, 2011 -- The combination of an installed base with rapidly aging software and a push to meet U.S. IT meaningful use requirements bodes well for the U.S. RIS market, according to a new report from healthcare technology research and advisory firm CapSite.
Report: Healthcare orgs not ready to keep patient data secure
September 27, 2011 -- Most healthcare organizations are underprepared to protect patient privacy and secure patient data as new uses for digital health information emerge and access to confidential patient information expands, according to a report published by Price Waterhouse Cooper's Health Research Institute in New York City.
Study: Speech recognition produces errors in breast reports
September 21, 2011 -- Breast imaging reports generated with automated speech recognition software are eight times more likely to contain major errors than those generated with conventional dictation transcription, according to a new study in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Thrall: Healthcare IT can help rads tackle radiation exposure
September 20, 2011 -- NEW YORK CITY - Concern about radiation dose from medical imaging exams makes it imperative that radiologists proactively find ways to keep dose exposure to a minimum -- and healthcare IT can help, according to Dr. James H. Thrall, who spoke on the topic this week at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
RSNA's Image Share project hopes to repeat DICOM success
September 15, 2011 -- In the late 1990s, radiology societies helped encourage vendor adoption of the DICOM 3.0 standard, a milestone that ultimately sparked a revolution in digital image management. Now, RSNA hopes its Image Share project will do the same for the nascent field of image sharing.
FDA public workshop weighs clinical decision support
September 14, 2011 -- The final day of a two-day public forum on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulation of mobile medical apps addressed clinical decision-support (CDS) software. It's a tricky subject given the differences in CDS tools, levels of patient risk, and even the very definition of what constitutes a CDS application.
FDA opens forum to explore regulation of mobile medical apps
September 13, 2011 -- How should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulate mobile medical apps? More than 20 experts gave the FDA their opinions on Monday, the first day of a two-day public forum in the agency's Rockville, MD, headquarters. But as many questions were raised as recommendations posed.
Automated procedure code entry reduces report errors
September 9, 2011 -- Automated entry of procedure codes in radiology reports has decreased the percentage of errors compared to manual entry, according to a Massachusetts General Hospital report published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Meaningful use may help radiologists offer better care
September 6, 2011 -- It's a well-known fact that the U.S. government did not develop "meaningful use" with radiologists in mind. However, the program may turn out to have strong benefits for imaging specialists that go beyond stimulus funding, according to a new article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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