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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.
Watson computer offers potential for healthcare decisions
February 29, 2012 -- Is it easy to harness the power of a supercomputer to make it useful, practical, and affordable for healthcare applications? Not really, attendees surmised after a presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting last week in Las Vegas.
HIMSS: No magic bullet for critical results communication
February 24, 2012 -- LAS VEGAS - Communication of critical radiology results is a vital issue, but there isn't a magic bullet that can prevent all communication errors, according to a presentation Thursday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
CMS releases stage 2 meaningful use proposed rule -- with imaging
February 24, 2012 -- In a step that gives clarity to healthcare providers looking to capitalize on federal healthcare IT stimulus funding, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule that provides the stage 2 requirements for the government's "meaningful use" program.
HIMSS: EHR, mobile device use catapult security threats
February 23, 2012 -- Mobile devices have become a part of imaging informatics delivery hardware -- and therefore need to be part of the security plan. A Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting covered this all-important topic of security breaches in healthcare.
HIMSS: Imaging included in stage 2 of meaningful use
February 22, 2012 -- LAS VEGAS - Viewing of images will be included in the proposed stage 2 requirements for achieving meaningful use under the U.S. government's healthcare IT stimulus program, according to an announcement on Wednesday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Cleveland Clinic takes enterprise view of imaging
February 22, 2012 -- LAS VEGAS - To provide enterprise-wide access to all forms of medical imaging, the Cleveland Clinic has embarked on an initiative to centralize management and access to all images generated in its healthcare system. Attendees learned about the effort at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting under way this week.
HIMSS survey: IT staffing, security challenge hospitals
February 21, 2012 -- Hospital IT departments are under escalating pressure to achieve stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records and convert to the new ICD-10 medical reimbursement code, according to results of the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Survey.
Vining aims to change radiology's perspective with ViSion
February 17, 2012 -- Dr. David Vining hopes that lightning can strike a third time. The radiologist who pioneered virtual colonoscopy and structured reporting is working on a new endeavor, called ViSion, that he hopes will take multimedia structured reporting to the next level, ultimately becoming radiology's version of Facebook.
Siemens, Dell form alliance for cloud-based archiving
February 16, 2012 -- Two industry heavyweights are joining forces in cloud-based archiving on the eve of next week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting in Las Vegas. Siemens Healthcare and Dell plan to announce an alliance to jointly deliver a cloud-based, vendor-neutral image archiving and sharing service.
Clinician awareness key to reducing imaging radiation risk
February 13, 2012 -- Educating referring physicians about the cancer risks from imaging exams is key to reducing patient exposure to medical radiation, according to an article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Other important elements of reducing exposure are more assertive radiologists and increased use of healthcare IT.
Brigham achieves near-total use of CPOE for radiology
February 2, 2012 -- Brigham and Women's Hospital pioneered the use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in a large hospital when it installed a system in 2000. Now, an analysis in the February Journal of the American College of Radiology shows that nearly all radiology studies performed at the hospital are being ordered with CPOE.
CT dose reporting challenged by current indicators
January 27, 2012 -- Capturing CT radiation dose information is a hot topic, but it's complicated by the incomplete methods used for measuring, determining, and calculating dose, said Anthony Seibert, PhD, of the University of California, Davis. Seibert discussed dose capture in a January 25 webinar hosted by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.
Korean research, a first step toward Dr. Smartphone?
January 23, 2012 -- SEOUL (Reuters) - Tired of long waits at the hospital for medical tests? If Korean researchers have their way, your smartphone could one day eliminate that -- and perhaps even tell you that you have cancer.
Decision-support software reduces volume of CTPA exams
January 11, 2012 -- A combination of clinical decision-support software and a good rapport between emergency physicians and radiologists is credited for decreasing the number of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) exams ordered to evaluate acute pulmonary embolism.
Can electronic health records erase disparities?
January 11, 2012 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Switching to electronic health records might help close health gaps between black and white Americans, researchers suggest in a study published January 9 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Radiology dominates ECRI list of healthcare tech issues
January 6, 2012 -- Topics related to either diagnostic or therapeutic use of radiation dominated a top 10 list of important hospital technology topics for 2012, published this week by nonprofit technology research firm ECRI Institute.
Open-source tool enables vendor-neutral CT dose archiving
January 4, 2012 -- Researchers in Boston have developed an automated radiation-exposure monitoring system that extracts detailed CT exposure data from image repositories. Thanks to optical character recognition software, the open-source software scheme can gather data from virtually any CT scanner model.
Patients want to read, share their medical records
December 20, 2011 -- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients want easy access to any notes their doctor has recorded about them, and they want the ability to give others the authority to view their medical information, according to a pair of studies.
Consensus is key when developing structured report templates
December 19, 2011 -- Is it possible to convert a large radiology department to using structured reports rather than free dictation, while at the same time winning the support of radiologists? Yes, it is. Cincinnati Children's Hospital explained how its effort succeeded in a presentation at the recent RSNA 2011 meeting.
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