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The time is now for deconstructed PACS
March 31, 2014 -- Is it time to rethink our perception of PACS? In this article, imaging informatics executive Brad Levin discusses how traditional PACS seems to have outlived its usefulness, and it should be replaced by a notion of deconstructed PACS in which technologies once seen as components now offer key functionality to radiologists.
Cloud IT use requires technical, business due diligence
March 27, 2014 -- Want to implement a cloud-based health IT system? You'll need to perform thorough technical and business due diligence to ensure patient privacy and the availability and security of your data, according to a talk at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting.
Use of mobile devices in radiology requires extra care
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly being employed in radiology applications, but users must take heed of crucial technical factors that can affect their performance for viewing images, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014.
Russia eyes teleradiology to bridge gaps in healthcare
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Slowly but surely, teleradiology is clearing challenging hurdles to adoption in Russia, paving the way for improved healthcare in sparsely populated areas of the country, attendees learned during Friday's "ESR meets Russia" session at ECR 2014.
iPad offers promise for mobile assessment of acute GI bleeding
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - An iPad can be an effective tool for reading CT angiography studies in patients suspected of having acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, according to a presentation from Italian researchers on Thursday at ECR 2014.
The PACSman Awards: HIMSS 2014 edition
March 5, 2014 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference is a completely different show than RSNA's annual confab in Chicago. RSNA is more serious, while HIMSS has an almost carnival atmosphere to it, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, also known as the PACSman.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Radiology at HIMSS 2014
March 3, 2014 -- If anyone ever questioned the power the IT department wields in the healthcare environment, the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando, FL, last week dispelled each and every one of those doubts. In two words, IT rules, according to the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo.
HIMSS: IT service models ease shift of PACS to enterprise IT
February 26, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - Moving control of imaging informatics from radiology to enterprise IT can spark a real culture clash. However, IT service models used by chief information officers outside of healthcare can help smooth this transition, according to a talk at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Cleveland Clinic tells VNA success story
February 24, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - When the Cleveland Clinic moved to a vendor-neutral archive (VNA), it realized a wide range of advantages, not the least of which was improved access to images -- both radiology and nonradiology -- through the electronic medical record, according to a presentation on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
Teleradiology supports local radiologists, hospitals, patients
February 18, 2014 -- Teleradiology has come under fire in recent years as a threat to local radiology groups. But teleradiology when used properly should be seen as a tool for delivering better patient care more efficiently, rather than as a competitor to local groups, according to Dr. John Feole of Strategic Imaging Consultants.
Saudi hospital boots old PACS for new network
February 16, 2014 -- Faced with rapid growth and an obsolete PACS, a large hospital in Saudi Arabia decided to replace its nearly 10-year-old PACS with a new network from another vendor. The job was easier said than done, but it did get done thanks to a proactive team that planned for technical glitches and human roadblocks at every turn.
Integrated reading rooms enhance value of radiology
February 14, 2014 -- It's no secret that radiologists need to increase their visibility with referring physicians if they want to ensure the future health of their specialty. One way to do that is by integrating radiology reading rooms into clinical areas, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
Workload analysis helps enable subspecialized reading
February 10, 2014 -- Does your health system want to take your subspecialized image reading in-house around the clock, but you're not sure if you have the staff? Check out the case of one New Jersey health system, which was able to centralize 24/7 subspecialized reading after performing a comprehensive workload analysis.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Times, they are a-changin'
February 6, 2014 -- PACS has become an integral part of the healthcare landscape, with digital image management installed in some form in nearly every hospital in the U.S. and in many facilities overseas. However, the complexion of the PACS market has changed dramatically over the past few years.
In PACS, the sum may not always be better than the parts
January 24, 2014 -- Purchasing a turnkey PACS can be expensive. However, it's now feasible to buy individual components such as viewing software and vendor-neutral archives to save money and build a system that best meets your needs, according to researchers from Montefiore Medical Center.
Levin: Radiology groups must retool to fend off telerad firms
January 21, 2014 -- The rise of teleradiology has led to the displacement of many radiology groups from long-standing relationships with hospitals. But it doesn't have to be that way if radiology groups can retool to become more competitive with teleradiology firms, according to Dr. David C. Levin.
iPhone facilitates second opinions for on-call radiologists
January 13, 2014 -- On-call radiology residents can reliably use a smartphone to get after-hours advice from more experienced or specialized radiologists on challenging CT cases for the diagnosis of appendicitis, Korean researchers recently reported.
Purge your PACS: Deleting old images produces storage savings
December 19, 2013 -- Looking for a simple way to extend the life of your PACS archive? Try deleting old images after their useful life is over, according to research presented at RSNA 2013. One institution found that using image life-cycle management with rules-based image deletion policies reduced growth in its PACS archive to nearly zero.
The 2013 PACSman Awards: Coming out of the dark
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - After a two-year hiatus, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his PACSman Awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2013 show.
Viewing angle affects spatial resolution on mobile displays
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - The spatial resolution of mobile device displays depends, albeit subtly, on their viewing angle, a group from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found. Details of the study were presented on Monday at RSNA 2013.
Philips paces RSNA launches with PET/CT, CT, US scanners
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - New technologies being launched by Philips Healthcare at this week's RSNA meeting include a PET/CT scanner with new digital detectors, a CT system optimized for spectral imaging, and an ultrasound platform designed for both cardiology and radiology applications.

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