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CIO Focus
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
More than blind faith: A guide for CIOs at HIMSS 2016
March 1, 2016 -- What does a rock supergroup from the 1960s have to do with this week's meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)? In this article, the one and only PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo, connects the dots -- and also shares 10 quick tips for CIOs attending HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas.  Discuss
3 things CIOs can learn from radiology analytics
February 25, 2016 -- There are three important things that healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) can learn from radiology data analytics -- and one important thing they can't, according to radiology informatics experts.  Discuss
Data analytics: The cornerstone of meaningful use
February 23, 2016 -- The execution of a successful enterprise imaging strategy provides a platform to acquire, retain, and achieve meaningful use of a wealth of clinical information that has previously been unmanaged. In this article, Kim Garriott of Logicalis Healthcare Solutions offers advice for building this foundation, with a particular focus on data governance.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.
FDA releases new cybersecurity recommendations
January 18, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft guidance to aid medical device manufacturers in postmarket management of device cybersecurity.
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."  Discuss
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.  Discuss