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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.
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.
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