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Straight Talk From the PACSman: Will PACS survive?
July 31, 2014 -- I have been asked time and again if PACS can survive as its own health IT discipline, and I always answer, "Yes, it can." Will it survive, though, is another question entirely, and one that has no easy or clear-cut answer.
JAMA: Interstate medical licenses would boost telemedicine
July 29, 2014 -- A proposal that would make it easier for physicians to get medical licenses across state lines could potentially boost access to care in underserved areas and stimulate the growth of telemedicine, according to a column published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Decision support helps radiologists suggest follow-up imaging
July 28, 2014 -- Radiologists often discover incidental findings during image interpretation, but it's not always easy to ascertain which follow-up studies, if any, should be suggested. Decision-support software can be a huge help, according to Dr. Sanjay Saini of Massachusetts General Hospital.
AAPM: Radiomics helps fine-tune radiation therapy dose
July 24, 2014 -- By extracting statistical information and other measurements from PET images using a data analysis technique called radiomics, researchers have developed a way to determine radiation therapy dose more accurately, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
MedXT leverages consumer IT for cloud-based RIS/PACS
July 21, 2014 -- A number of imaging pundits over the years have wistfully wondered why advances in consumer-oriented information technologies aren't applied more broadly to imaging informatics. San Francisco start-up MedXT hopes to bridge that technology gap with its cloud-based RIS/PACS software.
What kind of after-hours imaging service do ED docs want?
July 9, 2014 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians increasingly want off-hours imaging scans interpreted via final reads from attending radiologists rather than preliminary reads from residents. And more of them are getting their way, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Automated algorithms help spot change in serial CT exams
July 7, 2014 -- Most PACS vendors don't include automatic deformable image registration algorithms in their workstation software. But they should, as these can sharply reduce the time it takes for radiologists to match lung nodule locations on serial lung CT scans, according to researchers from Stony Brook Medicine.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
Consumer-grade displays can tackle image viewing
June 20, 2014 -- Even without DICOM calibration, consumer-grade color displays can perform comparably to medical-grade grayscale LCDs for reading chest radiographs, Colombian researchers reported in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Big data, rapid-learning tools will unlock personalized care
June 16, 2014 -- Big data and the software being developed to mine and learn from the vast amounts of data in clinical archives will pave the way for personalized cancer treatment, according to a presentation at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in San Francisco. And image data will be crucial.
The universal content viewer defined
June 13, 2014 -- Is your healthcare facility considering the implementation of a universal viewer? If so, you may have a few questions about how universal viewers work and their relationship to vendor-neutral archives. In this article, Imad Nijim of Perceptive Software offers his perspective.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Embracing telemedicine
June 5, 2014 -- Telemedicine is a powerful and disruptive force in today's healthcare system. For sonographers and others on the front lines of healthcare, telemedicine can be stressful and a big change. But it can also offer some of the very best moments for a healthcare worker, according to echocardiographer Doug Wuebben.
iPad-based image viewer offers remote radiology consults
May 30, 2014 -- While the implementation of PACS in radiology brought a host of clinical benefits, it came with a downside: less interaction between radiologists and clinicians. An iPad application developed by a Johns Hopkins team offers the promise of recapturing the clinical and educational value of frequent face-to-face consultations.
Personal touch wins over patients, referring physicians
May 27, 2014 -- When given the chance, patients really appreciate the opportunity to meet with radiologists to discuss findings in their radiology report, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital concluded after launching a pilot service to provide patients with consultations on their imaging results.
Top 10 social media tips for radiologists
May 20, 2014 -- More now than ever before, radiologists need to become visible to patients. A strong social media presence is a vital component of a strategy to facilitate patient-centered care, according to Dr. Safwan Halabi of Henry Ford Health System, who provided 10 tips for social media engagement.
SIIM: DICOM structured reports speed ultrasound reporting
May 17, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, CA - Implementing ultrasound DICOM structured reporting tools yields a significant improvement in dictation times over conventional reporting methods, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
SIIM: Analytics gives radiology a 'macroscope' for medical data
May 16, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, CA - Compared to other industries, healthcare has been slow to embrace data mining and analytics. But that will change, and when it does, the explosion of business intelligence will revolutionize medicine, said Paul Nagy, PhD, in a talk at the annual Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
SIIM: Informatics will exploit 'big data' in healthcare, research
May 15, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, CA - The era of big data is arriving in healthcare, and informatics will be the key to unlocking its potential, said Katherine Andriole, PhD, during the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Ignoring the obvious
May 14, 2014 -- At times I think Howard Beale in the movie "Network" had the right idea. Let's all get rip-roaring drunk and bemoan the fate of the PACS industry, go on the air, and call it like it is while watching the audience ratings spike, writes Michael J. Cannavo in his latest column.
CAR: Patient portals are double-edged sword for radiology
April 28, 2014 -- MONTREAL - Patient portals are an opportunity for patients to get timely access to their radiology information. But if they aren't designed properly, they can exclude radiologists from the care process, according to Dr. Ella Kazerooni, who discussed patient portals at last week's Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) meeting.
Federal regulatory plan for health IT wins positive reviews
April 14, 2014 -- The new federal regulatory framework proposed earlier this month for healthcare IT software is getting generally positive reviews from the radiology community. A first look at the proposal indicates that it strikes a balance between promoting innovation and protecting patient safety.
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