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HIMSS: Clinton sees healthcare IT as global game changer
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Information technology is essential to the management of healthcare in the 21st century. It has the power to improve healthcare access and services worldwide for ordinary people, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday in the keynote speech at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: Cloud-based image sharing overcomes competitive barriers
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - A private cloud-based PACS has brought four competitive healthcare organizations together for the benefit of patients, while saving money in the process, according to a Tuesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: Patient portals don't succeed without provider nurturing
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Electronic patient portals add a new dimension to provider-patient interaction, and they can fulfill meaningful use requirements. But just creating a patient portal doesn't mean it will be used, attendees learned at a Tuesday session of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
Study shows decline in abnormal stress SPECT MPI
March 6, 2013 -- Over the past two decades, the frequency and severity of abnormal stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies have significantly decreased, with the prevalence of abnormal SPECT exams falling from 40.9% to 8.7%, researchers reported in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Discuss
HIMSS: Online model aids enterprise image viewer selection
March 5, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Clinical user evaluation of vendor enterprise image viewers can be performed online, saving time and increasing participation in the purchasing decision-making process, according to a Tuesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
HIMSS: PACS will not remain a self-contained data silo
March 5, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Not all imaging informatics administrators and radiology IT staff want to keep PACS as its own silo of data in a healthcare IT enterprise data archive. Technology changes and the movement to a single integrated enterprise archive will eventually absorb it, attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting were told in an educational session on Monday.  Discuss
HIMSS: Staffing, security are top concerns for HIT leaders
March 4, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Recruiting and retaining healthcare IT personnel and ensuring data security in an era of bring-your-own mobile devices are among the top concerns of healthcare IT leaders, according to survey results presented on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
JAMA: Physicians do not discuss CT risks with most patients
March 4, 2013 -- Physicians rarely communicated the risks of CT scans to patients before ordering the exams in a population of older male patients at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, according to survey results published on March 4 in a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
HIMSS: Are you ready for a meaningful use audit?
March 4, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Hey, meaningful users! Are you prepared to pass a federal privacy and security audit? You may not be, which can carry important consequences, participants learned at a Sunday symposium of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.  Discuss
Surgery plus RT works best for metastatic gastric cancer
March 4, 2013 -- Patients with metastatic gastric cancer face a grim prognosis, but those who undergo surgery followed by radiation therapy (RT) may have the best chance of longer survival, according to a study published online January 29 in Cancer.  Discuss
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