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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.
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