CMS, ONC to replace meaningful use for physicians
April 28, 2016 -- The U.S. government has announced significant changes to the meaningful use program for Medicare physicians, including plans to tie the initiative into the new Medicare quality-based payment system and to make it more flexible and relevant for participants.
Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis
April 27, 2016 -- Clinical decision-support software can help sharply reduce the number of CT studies performed in children to evaluate them for possible appendicitis -- without negatively affecting patient care, according to research published in the May issue of Pediatrics.
Lexmark to be sold to Chinese consortium for $3.6B
April 20, 2016 -- As rumored earlier this month, printing firm and software developer Lexmark International has agreed to a $3.6 billion acquisition offer by an investor consortium led by Chinese ink cartridge manufacturer Apex Technology and private equity firm PAG Asia Capital.
Referring physicians enjoy virtual radiology consults
April 19, 2016 -- Sometimes there's just no substitute for the human touch. Referring physicians overwhelmingly appreciate the opportunity to have "virtual" consultations with radiologists while reviewing radiology reports, according to an article published online April 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Viewers define issues underlying enterprise imaging
April 15, 2016 -- In the final installment of our series on the challenges of enterprising imaging, contributing writer Greg Freiherr takes a look at a key ingredient in any enterprise installation: viewers. They can either enable enterprise imaging or doom it to failure.
Image sharing presents challenges to the enterprise
March 23, 2016 -- Image sharing touches all aspects of patient management, from the practical to the incongruous, but it still remains a problem for patients and physicians at many institutions, according to contributing writer Greg Freiherr, who offers this third installment on the challenges of enterprise imaging.
PACS and EMR vendors aim to bridge workflow gap
March 11, 2016 -- Surrounded by flying dice and one-armed bandits, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Las Vegas did its best to establish a middle ground for discussions about enterprise imaging. Among the many difficulties that accompany the integration of medical images into patient medical records, workflow stood out.
Unprotected image servers remain a global problem
March 10, 2016 -- Despite widespread focus on the critical need for healthcare data security, many institutions still aren't getting the message. More than 800 servers worldwide storing DICOM image data are fully open to outside computers that could steal their data, according to a study presented at last week's ECR 2016.
Top 5 trends from ECR 2016 in Vienna
March 9, 2016 -- As the European radiological community draws a collective breath from ECR 2016, it's a perfect time to reflect on the meeting and identify the major trends affecting medical imaging. Here are five central themes that circulated the halls of the Austria Center Vienna at this year's congress.
MetroHealth CIO gets clinician buy-in for content management
March 8, 2016 -- MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland needed a better medical data management strategy than just holding on to everything indefinitely. But before it could move to enterprise content management, it needed buy-in from clinicians that some data could be removed from storage after a predefined period.
CIO Focus
CMS, ONC to replace meaningful use for physicians
The U.S. government has announced significant changes to the meaningful use program for Medicare physicians, including plans to tie the initiative into the new Medicare quality-based payment system and to make it more flexible and relevant for participants.
Expert Corner
Mr. Michael Cannavo
Mr. Michael Cannavo
As the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo provides a wealth of insight based on his unique experiences in PACS and imaging informatics.