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.
Big data needs human touch to work in healthcare October 2, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Big data is widely thought to be the future of healthcare. But despite the awesome potential of computer intelligence, data analytics will fall short in medicine if it's not guided by human oversight and interpretation, according to a panel discussion at this week's Minds + Machines event hosted by GE Healthcare.
Yes, you can help prevent healthcare data breaches September 1, 2015 -- Cybersecurity attacks have been plaguing a variety of industrial sectors, and healthcare is no exception. Of the 14 biggest healthcare data breaches, five occurred in 2015. But there's plenty that facilities can do to reduce their risk, according to a webinar conducted last week by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
IBM's bid for Merge shows allure of imaging big data August 20, 2015 -- It doesn't take IBM's Watson artificial intelligence software to discern that the computing giant has big plans for its planned acquisition of PACS and imaging software firm Merge Healthcare. Indeed, IBM views medical imaging as a key element of its vision to transform healthcare with cognitive computing and analytics.
5 tips to drive adoption of patient portals in radiology August 11, 2015 -- The establishment of patient portals has blurred the lines of what is considered to be appropriate doctor-patient communication outside of the medical office. Patients may be wary of portals, but DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner shares five tips for allaying their concerns and driving higher adoption.
Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10? August 5, 2015 -- While the adoption of ICD-10 on October 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published July 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse? July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
SIIM 2015: VNA adoption yields workflow, cost benefits May 29, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Adopting a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and related technologies has solved a number of important workflow challenges for a North Carolina radiology group, according to a presentation on Friday at the annual Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
How to make VNA lemonade from stage 2 MU's lemons May 28, 2015 -- For many healthcare organizations, the stage 2 meaningful use (MU) criteria will mean some heavy lifting for the folks tasked with managing diagnostic images and integrating them with electronic health records. But there is lemonade to be made from what feels like lemons to many chief information officers through the creation of a community-based image archive.
Growing VNA interest prompts Fuji to buy TeraMedica May 13, 2015 -- In a deal announced on Wednesday, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA made a move to increase its presence in the rapidly growing market for vendor-neutral archive (VNA) software and services by acquiring VNA developer TeraMedica.
HIMSS: Mobile technologies bring promise but mixed results April 15, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mobile technologies to engage with patients, but those efforts haven't always been effective, according to results from the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey presented at this week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Preparation, planning spark enterprise imaging success April 14, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The path to enterprise imaging is a seven-phase process that begins with ignorance and ends -- hopefully -- with success, according to a presentation on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
HIMSS: IT professionals target patient engagement April 13, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare IT professionals are prioritizing IT activities geared toward patient engagement, according to the 26th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey released on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
Unlocking the imaging data paradigm: Transformation and data migration March 30, 2015 -- Enterprise imaging transformation (EIT) enables healthcare organizations to create an optimal platform for producing quality care at a cost-effective level -- but many enterprises may not be sure how to go about it. Dave Whitney from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting offers some guidance.