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Key to clinician interaction? Location, location, location
May 16, 2013 -- Want more personal interaction with your referring physicians? Try moving your reading rooms out of the basement and into clinical areas. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that such "embedded" reading rooms resulted in a big jump in personal visits from clinicians.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 13, 2013 -- The opening of the Saudi Health meeting this week highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Weeds, trees, or forest: What's your PACS admin level?
May 2, 2013 -- If you're a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional managing your facility's PACS, chances are you're either down in the weeds, up in the trees, or out in the forest, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting in Philadelphia.
Radiologists prefer CAD with fewer clicks
April 24, 2013 -- Radiologists prefer computer-aided detection (CAD) software that gives them necessary information with the fewest clicks possible and is closely integrated with PACS, rather than applications that require multiple manual steps to interrogate data, according to a team of German researchers.
Top 10 things to consider when replacing your PACS
April 24, 2013 -- Many institutions are at a point where they need to replace their PACS. Whether this process is undertaken with a new or current PACS vendor, it's a perfect opportunity to redesign the system's architecture to prepare for the future, according to Herman Oosterwijk of PACS consulting firm OTech.
NCBC: Cloud-based image sharing enhances breast care
March 27, 2013 -- Cloud-based image sharing improves care at breast centers while also reducing costs, according to a presentation on Tuesday at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference in Las Vegas.
Breast tomosynthesis challenges digital imaging infrastructure
March 21, 2013 -- While the advent of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in the U.S. has added an exciting weapon to the breast imaging armamentarium, these new capabilities have also led to significant image management challenges. DBT adopters need to be aware of and plan for issues such as large file sizes and proprietary file formats.
Vendor-neutral archives can save money, add efficiency
March 20, 2013 -- PHILADELPHIA - Vendor-neutral archives can save millions over a traditional PACS storage model, while improving efficiency across a healthcare enterprise, according to a March 18 presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting.
Tools a must for troubleshooting healthcare IT
March 18, 2013 -- Healthcare IT systems are not plug and play, and they never will be. As a result, healthcare imaging and IT professionals need to master the use of tools such as test systems, simulators, validators, sniffing software, and test datasets to ensure data integrity.
Imaging Interoperability: Part 2 -- The 3 flavors of VNA
March 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the second in a two-part series on imaging interoperability from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In Part 2, the authors present the key factors that best leverage the functionality of a true VNA.
HIMSS: Mobile devices raise thorny legal issues in healthcare
March 7, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - The use of mobile devices in healthcare environments offers unique security challenges, and institutions must implement and -- most importantly -- enforce policies regarding their use to mitigate legal risk, according to a Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
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.
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.
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.
MGH's Thrall reflects on 30 years in radiology
February 26, 2013 -- On February 1, Dr. James Thrall stepped down as chairman of the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), ending a 30-year career as one of the leading figures in radiology. In this exclusive article, Dr. Thrall reflects on the changes he's seen over the past 30 years in medical imaging.
Reporting external exams reduces repeat imaging
February 26, 2013 -- One of the easiest ways to reduce repeat imaging for patients transferred to a new hospital is for radiologists to prepare a report for external images transferred with the patients on CDs, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.
Patient photos can be integrated with imaging exams on PACS
February 21, 2013 -- Digital photos of patients taken at the time of an imaging study can be easily integrated with the exams for viewing by radiologists on PACS, potentially decreasing errors and improving diagnostic capabilities at a very low cost, a group from Emory University has found.
New telemedicine system builds on Microsoft technology
February 20, 2013 -- Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Arkansas have created a telemedicine system called Collaboration and Annotation of Medical Images (CAMI), which leverages Microsoft technology to offer a range of teleradiology and telementoring capabilities, according to an article in the International Journal of Electronic Finance.
Stanford team develops Web-based PACS research software
February 15, 2013 -- Dissatisfied with their clinical PACS software, two radiology residents and a radiology attending physician at Stanford University decided to do something about it. Working nights and weekends, they developed ClariPACS, a Web-based PACS application designed for research and education purposes.
RadSnap delivers imaging expertise to smartphones
February 12, 2013 -- Wouldn't it be great if an app delivered imaging consultations on difficult cases straight to your smartphone? Wish no more: A new app called RadSnap allows physicians to take a picture of a case with their smartphone and submit it to a network of experts for advice.
USB-powered displays upgrade laptop to mobile workstation
February 1, 2013 -- While laptops have the computing power to support image viewing, their small displays can limit their utility. However, two portable and lightweight USB-powered monitors can be used to convert a laptop into a three-headed mobile workstation, according to radiologists from Kentucky.
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