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Straight Talk From the PACSman: The Swiffer approach to RSNA
November 25, 2013 -- To the uninitiated, attending the RSNA conference can be overwhelming. In his latest column, the PACSman -- Mike Cannavo -- thinks RSNA attendees looking to acquire PACS technology can learn a lot from marketing campaigns for Swiffer, the amazing household cleaning product.
House subcommittee mulls new approach to mobile app regulation
November 20, 2013 -- The debate over how best to regulate mobile medical apps reached the halls of the U.S. Congress this week as representatives sparred over a proposed bill that could strip the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its authority to regulate many types of app software.
Radiology can benefit from mobile computing in myriad ways
November 15, 2013 -- Mobile computing technologies have the potential to reshape the practice of radiology, touching on areas such as interactions with referring physicians and other radiologists, image acquisition and transmission, education, and even patient care, according to an article in the December issue of Academic Radiology.
Radiologists can fight reading fatigue with a few steps
November 13, 2013 -- Feeling a little tired from your long image reading session? You're not the only one. But you may be able to reduce fatigue by wearing contact lenses instead of glasses, brightening up the reading room, and viewing images on the right type of LCD monitor, Japanese researchers have concluded.
Vendor-neutral archives: Strategy for health info exchange
October 25, 2013 -- Today's health data are fragmented and coveted. Patient medical information and assets (medical images, medications, etc.) are not patient-centric, but more often health system-centric. That can change thanks to vendor-neutral archives, according to Ifetayo Freeman of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting.
Ambient light rapidly degrades image quality on mobile devices
October 18, 2013 -- Maybe there's a reason radiologists work in dark rooms. A new study has found that the ability to interpret images correctly with mobile displays begins to decline if the devices are used in ambient light conditions brighter than the average office.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Lessons learned
October 10, 2013 -- Long-time AuntMinnie.com columnist Michael J. Cannavo is back as a PACS consultant after a two-year stint with a major PACS vendor. He shares his observations and PACS wisdom in a new series called Straight Talk From the PACSman.
Mobile image viewer helps clinicians access images faster
October 3, 2013 -- Clinicians can access medical images much faster using mobile image-viewing software on Apple iPads without sacrificing diagnostic confidence or ease of use, compared with the use of traditional desktop-based software, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
Don't forget technologists when adopting PACS
October 2, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiologic technologists have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.
FDA guidance on mobile apps offers clarity to developers
September 26, 2013 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's release on Monday of its long-awaited final guidance on mobile medical applications was designed to address market confusion over its policy for regulating these apps. While some questions remain, the guidance offers app developers a path forward in determining how to secure regulatory clearance for their products.
Pilot study finds rads dissatisified with PACS software
September 24, 2013 -- PACS is nearly ubiquitous these days. Unfortunately, that also appears true for the inefficiency of PACS workstation software, according to a pilot study from the American College of Radiology's Image Metrix imaging contract research organization that found that the radiologists it surveyed were dissatisifed with PACS software.
FDA mobile medical apps guidance includes radiology apps
September 23, 2013 -- More than two years after it issued a draft proposal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday released its final guidance on the regulation of mobile medical applications for developers. Radiology-oriented apps figure prominently in the examples of mobile apps the agency said it intends to regulate.
Integrating imaging informatics in a health system: Part 2
September 19, 2013 -- In this second part of a series on integrating imaging informatics in a health system, AuntMinnie.com describes the experience of the Yale New Haven Health System. Part 1 presented the experience of the North Shore - LIJ Health System.
Integrating imaging informatics in a health system: Part 1
September 18, 2013 -- In the first of a two-part series on integrating imaging informatics in a health system, AuntMinnie.com presents the experience of the North Shore - LIJ Health System. Part 2 will describe the experience of the Yale New Haven Health System.
vRad patent lawsuit ensnares teleradiology providers
September 18, 2013 -- A patent lawsuit filed by teleradiology giant Virtual Radiologic (vRad) hinges on a group of former employees who broke away to start their own firm, Tandem Radiology, to develop teleradiology software. But the case has also ensnared several of Tandem's clients, who hint that vRad may have competitive motives for including them in the litigation.
Image sharing using Facebook: Fact or fiction?
August 15, 2013 -- Healthcare practitioners can share medical images using a number of mechanisms and methods. Some of these applications have been in use for at least 20 years, some are still being developed, and some might not make sense today but could very well change how we share images in the near future.
Siegel: Next-generation PACS will elevate CT image review
August 12, 2013 -- Driven by the development and adoption of next-generation PACS technology, CT image review will be significantly different and smarter in the future, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
PACS productivity in CT: Are we there yet?
August 8, 2013 -- The adoption of PACS has improved the productivity of radiologists when reading CT exams, but there are still barriers to surmount in order to wring full efficiency gains from digital image review, according to Dr. Jeffrey Mendel from Tufts University.
Clinical validation advances SIIM's SWIM initiative
July 16, 2013 -- The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is trying to make it easier to compare quality between radiology sites by developing a lexicon of common terms for describing the workflow of a patient moving through an imaging facility. But how well does the SIIM Workflow Initiative in Medicine (SWIM) work in the real world?
Pass the sanitizer: Bacteria common on radiology workstations
July 12, 2013 -- Are toilet seats cleaner than the workstations radiologists use every day? They may be, if results from a pilot study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology are any indication. Fortunately, this unappealing problem can be easily solved.
PACS downtime plan improves business continuity, uptime
June 20, 2013 -- Nobody likes downtime, particularly with a critical system such as PACS. But the effects of PACS outages have been significantly lessened at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, which adopted a new comprehensive business continuity process based on a dedicated backup PACS that's only used during downtime.
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