Is enterprise imaging on a slow road to mediocrity?
August 16, 2017 -- The evolution of the imaging IT market in the U.S. over the past decade has been messy. Previously clear definitions for PACS and RIS have blurred, and healthcare providers have struggled to keep up. Market research consultant Stephen Holloway of Signify Research offers his view of the road ahead.  Discuss
4 steps to expand enterprise imaging beyond radiology
August 2, 2017 -- As technology evolves, more specialties across the healthcare spectrum are recognizing the value of enterprise-available medical imaging. To succeed today, IT leaders and medical imaging departments must collaborate to create enterprise image strategies that meet patient clinical needs for image sharing, writes Richie Pfeiffer from LifeImage.  Discuss
CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support
August 1, 2017 -- In recently proposed rules, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would delay clinical decision-support requirements for advanced imaging studies until 2019. But early adopters may benefit from a direct tie between the program and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, according to Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Is your MRI scanner the weak link in your security plan?
July 28, 2017 -- Cybersecurity for medical imaging equipment is often more critical than for other medical devices because the equipment stores protected health information and communicates directly with PACS and electronic medical record systems. This makes imaging equipment an attractive target for hackers, as it provides the perfect portal to a hospital's most valuable asset: patient information.  Discuss
WhatsApp works well for pediatric ortho trauma
July 24, 2017 -- Researchers in Israel are finding new clinical uses for WhatsApp, the popular global text messaging platform. Reading images sent to smartphones via WhatsApp showed good agreement with the same images being read on a PACS workstation for pediatric orthopedic surgeons, according to a new study in Pediatric Emergency Care.  Discuss
5 things to consider when hiring a teleradiology service
July 5, 2017 -- Radiologists considering the use of an outside teleradiology service for final reads will have questions that include not only quality and cost but also the impact on the group's relationship with its hospital and referring physician community. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers five things to consider when hiring a service.  Discuss
FDA set to unveil new digital health devices initiative
June 21, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon unveil a new plan aimed at fostering innovation in digital health, according to a blog post by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.  Discuss
Wis. hospital cures chaos of nonradiology images
June 9, 2017 -- Most healthcare enterprises do a great job of managing radiology images, but things can get chaotic when it comes to images from outside radiology. A health system from Wisconsin found a cure in an application it developed to leverage its existing DICOM infrastructure to manage nonradiology images.  Discuss
SIIM: Are imaging vendors prepared for cybersecurity?
June 3, 2017 -- PITTSBURGH - Medical imaging vendors often aren't prepared for cybersecurity provisions to be included in contracts for PACS and imaging devices, and it can take months to complete these negotiations, according to a presentation on Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
Imaging companies react to WannaCry threat in U.S.
May 22, 2017 -- In the wake of the first reports that the WannaCry ransomware attack has also hit some U.S. hospitals, imaging vendors are moving quickly to help affected customers and to address the threat from the ransomware, which appeared worldwide on May 12.  Discuss
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CIO Focus
4 steps to expand enterprise imaging beyond radiology
As technology evolves, more specialties across the healthcare spectrum are recognizing the value of enterprise-available medical imaging. To succeed today, IT leaders and medical imaging departments must collaborate to create enterprise image strategies that meet patient clinical needs for image sharing, writes Richie Pfeiffer from LifeImage.
Conferences
SIIM-NYMIIS Regional Meeting
September 7
New York City, New York United States
Comprehensive HL7 (V2)
September 25-26
Dallas, Texas United States
Machine Intelligence in Medical imaging (C-MIMI)
September 26-27
Baltimore, Maryland United States
Comprehensive DICOM
September 27-29
Dallas, Texas United States
Fundamentals of Clinical and IT (PARCA CPAS)
October 2-3
Dallas, Texas United States