CIOs must work magic when dealing with enterprise PACS February 5, 2016 -- CIOs don't have to be miracle workers to master enterprise PACS for their institutions, but being able to work a little magic might help. In this article, Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman, offers his advice to CIOs who are bringing PACS into their overall healthcare IT strategy.
5 healthcare trends to watch in 2016 February 2, 2016 -- In 2015, we heard time and time again that the healthcare landscape was changing rapidly as we moved from a fee-for-service world to a risk-based/value-based world. In this article, DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner discusses how some of the major emerging trends in healthcare will affect healthcare IT in 2016.
The Case for Deconstructed PACS: Proprietary PACS, basic VNAs will be extinct January 28, 2016 -- The concept of "deconstructed PACS" has generated much interest and controversy, but does that model make the most sense for healthcare institutions? Dr. Nick van Terheyden of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences makes the case that proprietary PACS and even simple vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) are headed for extinction.
The Case for Reconstructed PACS: It's the functionality that matters January 28, 2016 -- The concept of "deconstructed PACS" has generated much interest and controversy, but does it make the most sense for healthcare institutions? In a counterpoint to the deconstructed PACS argument, Menashe Benjamin, PhD, of Carestream Health claims that a single-vendor approach -- reconstructed PACS -- can better serve customers, yielding an enterprise imaging platform without the headaches of a deconstructed PACS model.
CMS, ONC officials preview new EHR incentive program January 21, 2016 -- Though existing meaningful use regulations still remain in effect, the U.S. government plans to propose new regulations in the spring that will detail how the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program will transition to align with recent initiatives promoting value-based care.
Ambulatory EHR market continues expansion January 19, 2016 -- Having already experienced significant expansion over the past five years, the U.S. market for ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) software will increase 30% by 2020, according to a new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
CMS chief's comments hint meaningful use may be on life support January 14, 2016 -- Will 2016 see the end of the U.S. government's meaningful use program? The acting head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated as much at a speech in San Francisco, in which he said the program to spur the adoption of healthcare IT was "effectively over."
Data analytics may help prevent patient no-shows for imaging January 11, 2016 -- Missed patient appointments can significantly affect patient care and cost radiology departments millions in lost revenue. Data analytics may be able to help, however. Researchers have applied analytics to identify patients who are most at risk of missing appointments based on certain factors. Their findings may help decrease patient no-shows.
HIE cuts costs, but more savings may be possible December 23, 2015 -- Health information exchange (HIE) systems may modestly lower costs by helping to avoid repeat imaging studies, but more savings could be realized by further reducing the number of repeated CT or MRI exams, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
GE makes big-data play with GE Health Cloud launch November 29, 2015 -- GE Healthcare is taking advantage of this week's RSNA 2015 conference to launch GE Health Cloud, a new healthcare IT platform designed to enable medical facilities to perform data analytics and other functions more efficiently in the cloud.
CMS pushes back deadline for imaging decision support November 11, 2015 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed its January 1, 2017, deadline for physicians to start ordering advanced imaging studies with clinical decision-support software that is based on appropriate use criteria.
Medical groups rebel against meaningful use HIT program November 5, 2015 -- The American Medical Association and 110 other medical associations have asked U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the meaningful use program before physicians decide to no longer participate in the initiative, designed to spur the adoption of healthcare IT.
U.S. government finalizes meaningful use regulations October 8, 2015 -- With the goal of making its meaningful use IT stimulus initiative simpler and more flexible for providers, the U.S. government has issued final rules for its incentive and certification program for electronic health record software.
Dig deep with data analytics to improve imaging quality October 5, 2015 -- Sure, your radiology department tracks statistics such as report turnaround time and imaging volume. But is that enough? Not if you want to flourish in a future that emphasizes value over volume, according to a presentation at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium in New York City.