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
Sequestration will translate into 2% cut for Medicare fees
March 1, 2013 -- A 2% cut in Medicare fees to healthcare providers is poised to go into effect tonight if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to broker a deal that will avert $85 billion in automatic budget cuts required under the sequestration deficit reduction law passed in August 2012.  Discuss
Orlando center bets on CT lung cancer screening
March 1, 2013 -- A little more than a year after a Florida cancer care hospital took the plunge into low-dose CT lung cancer screening, the program has proved its worth, according to the physicians who are running it -- though they admit they wouldn't mind having a few more people to screen.  Discuss
How to identify and mentor the troubled radiology resident
March 1, 2013 -- Residents aren't expected to be perfect -- they're on the job to learn. But some inevitably struggle, and whether a resident has one particular area of weakness or 10, program directors and mentors need to identify problems early and move decisively to solve them, according to an expert on residency education.  Discuss
How to get a good deal in payor contract negotiations
February 28, 2013 -- When a radiology group is about to enter negotiations with a commercial insurance payor, what's the first thing it should concentrate on? If the group focuses myopically on rates for imaging services, it might end up getting shortchanged, according to John Stiles of HealthPro Medical Billing, who offers a better approach.  Discuss
Rads judge breast density the same for digital, analog mammo
February 28, 2013 -- Mammography images can look significantly different based on whether they were acquired with a digital or analog system. But such differences in appearance don't seem to affect the ability of radiologists to score breast density accurately, according to a study in the March issue of Radiology.  Discuss
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