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Can cloud-based archiving cure your security headaches?
March 22, 2017 -- Longstanding U.S. healthcare regulations have enforced the security of data from reasonably anticipated threats, and new -- even stricter -- guidelines related to data access and backup aim to create additional layers of security and integrity. However, the majority of departmental PACS archiving or disaster recovery systems fail to fully support these initiatives, according to Ed Marshall from Ambra Health.
3 steps to enterprise imaging for smaller hospitals
February 8, 2017 -- While many large healthcare systems in the U.S. have adopted enterprise imaging, most small or medium-sized hospitals have not. Smaller institutions face many hurdles on their path to enterprise imaging, but with three simple steps, they too can experience its many benefits, according to Dan Trott from Dell EMC.
Unprotected DICOM servers remain a security risk
January 10, 2017 -- Thousands of radiology archives worldwide have serious security gaps that could leave them vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks or potentially even theft of patient data, according to research from Massachusetts General Hospital. And the situation isn't getting any better.
The good, the bad, and the ugly in the digital age
November 27, 2016 -- It's a digital age, and radiology has some important experiences to share as the healthcare enterprise continues to integrate technology into the practice of medicine, Dr. Robert Wachter, chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told attendees at the opening session of RSNA 2016 in Chicago.
Top 10 lessons for planning enterprise imaging strategy
November 21, 2016 -- It can be tough to allot time for strategic planning in today's busy world. But it's definitely worth the effort to develop a detailed and meaningful strategic plan for enterprise imaging, according to a November 17 webinar sponsored by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.
HIMSS/SIIM paper offers advice on enterprise image viewers
August 4, 2016 -- Interested in adopting an enterprise viewer for reviewing images in the electronic health record? There are some key issues to be aware of, according to a white paper jointly produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
How to evaluate, use imaging clinical decision support
July 8, 2016 -- Although recent research found that radiology clinical decision-support (CDS) software did not result in imaging orders being sent to other institutions, it's natural for hospitals to still be wary of annoying their referring physicians. Much can be done, though, to win clinician support and succeed with CDS, explains Dr. Stephen Herman from MedCurrent.
SIIM: Will your VNA become the flip phone of the future?
July 1, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - Could your vendor-neutral archive (VNA) someday become the equivalent of the Motorola Razr flip phone -- a once-cool technology that fails to change with the times? Make sure it doesn't, according to a Thursday panel at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2016 meeting.
5 steps to improve your imaging IT strategy
June 9, 2016 -- Are you doing all you can to implement an effective imaging IT strategy? In a new column, Jef Williams of Paragon Consulting Partners discusses five steps you can take to make sure you're prepared for the emerging healthcare landscape.
6 steps to success in radiology data analytics
June 3, 2016 -- The modern radiology practice continues to experience rapid growth in data, thanks to the ongoing development of imaging modalities and the use of advanced medical imaging in molecular, genomic, and precision medicine. As radiology transitions to value-based care, advanced data analytics is no longer an option.
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.
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.
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.