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RAPTOR VA protocol software poised for takeoff
March 29, 2013 -- After more than a year of laboratory development and testing, radiologists at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle are hopeful that software called RAPTOR designed to help manage medical imaging protocol selection and workflow will be authorized to move into a real-world pilot program.
AACR predicts 31% more cancer survivors in U.S. by 2022
March 27, 2013 -- The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to rise from 13.7 million as of January 2012 to 18 million by 2022. This 31% increase will represent a significant challenge to the healthcare system, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
Tools a must for troubleshooting healthcare IT
March 18, 2013 -- Healthcare IT systems are not plug and play, and they never will be. As a result, healthcare imaging and IT professionals need to master the use of tools such as test systems, simulators, validators, sniffing software, and test datasets to ensure data integrity.
ONC chief Mostashari believes data can fix U.S. healthcare
March 14, 2013 -- Intelligent use of data can fix a broken healthcare system, said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health IT within the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Mostashari delivered the final keynote address of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting last week in New Orleans.
Carville, Rove share competing visions for U.S. healthcare
March 13, 2013 -- As might be expected, political consultants James Carville and Karl Rove found little to agree on during a debate at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting. However, they did offer an intelligent and surprisingly civil discussion that illuminated the U.S. healthcare dilemma.
HIMSS: Mobile devices raise thorny legal issues in healthcare
March 7, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - The use of mobile devices in healthcare environments offers unique security challenges, and institutions must implement and -- most importantly -- enforce policies regarding their use to mitigate legal risk, according to a Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Clinton sees healthcare IT as global game changer
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Information technology is essential to the management of healthcare in the 21st century. It has the power to improve healthcare access and services worldwide for ordinary people, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday in the keynote speech at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Patient portals don't succeed without provider nurturing
March 6, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Electronic patient portals add a new dimension to provider-patient interaction, and they can fulfill meaningful use requirements. But just creating a patient portal doesn't mean it will be used, attendees learned at a Tuesday session of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: PACS will not remain a self-contained data silo
March 5, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Not all imaging informatics administrators and radiology IT staff want to keep PACS as its own silo of data in a healthcare IT enterprise data archive. Technology changes and the movement to a single integrated enterprise archive will eventually absorb it, attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting were told in an educational session on Monday.
HIMSS: Staffing, security are top concerns for HIT leaders
March 4, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Recruiting and retaining healthcare IT personnel and ensuring data security in an era of bring-your-own mobile devices are among the top concerns of healthcare IT leaders, according to survey results presented on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Are you ready for a meaningful use audit?
March 4, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - Hey, meaningful users! Are you prepared to pass a federal privacy and security audit? You may not be, which can carry important consequences, participants learned at a Sunday symposium of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
Reporting external exams reduces repeat imaging
February 26, 2013 -- One of the easiest ways to reduce repeat imaging for patients transferred to a new hospital is for radiologists to prepare a report for external images transferred with the patients on CDs, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.
Evidence is lacking to support mHealth's effectiveness
February 22, 2013 -- Mobile health technology, or mHealth, has the potential to change healthcare by improving the flow of information and interactions between providers, organizations, and patients. But will this happen? An essay published on February 12 in PLOS Medicine issues a warning.
Imaging again dominates ECRI list of hospital tech issues
February 21, 2013 -- For the second year in a row, topics related to medical imaging dominated the annual top 10 list of important technology issues for hospital executives, from the perspective of nonprofit technology research firm ECRI Institute.
To certify or not to certify, that is the question
January 24, 2013 -- The recent buzz around the new Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise certification caused me to step back and think about the value of certification, and how it might affect -- and potentially better -- the implementation of healthcare imaging and information technology.
Mary's Musings: Imaging management and the new paradigm
January 22, 2013 -- I had the nightmare of diagnosing my mother's terminal cancer myself, and she was dead within the week. This was after months of state-of-the-art care rendered by doctors at an esteemed academic medical center. How could this have happened in this millennium?
Sit up and beg: How to train your speech recognition system
January 18, 2013 -- If your speech recognition system has you jumping through hoops, take the advice of an experienced user if you want to improve your productivity. Radiologist Dr. David L. Weiss believes that working with speech recognition is similar to training a dog: Consistency is key.
AAPM issues guidelines for radiation therapy error databases
January 18, 2013 -- With the goal of improving radiation therapy safety, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has published technical recommendations to aid developers of databases that are designed to track and record treatment errors and near misses.
Medical societies say 'not so fast' with stage 3 meaningful use
January 17, 2013 -- Major healthcare organizations think the U.S. government may be moving too fast in its "meaningful use" program to convince healthcare providers to adopt electronic records. The groups are recommending that stage 3 requirements be delayed until the effectiveness of the meaningful use program can be evaluated.
Physicians prefer phone/fax over email for nonurgent alerts
December 27, 2012 -- A low-cost, low-tech centralized radiology notification system to convey nonurgent significant findings and amended reports is working well for both radiologists and physicians affiliated with a large teaching hospital in Sydney.
HIMSS survey finds improvements in data security
December 21, 2012 -- Thanks in part to the U.S. government's meaningful use initiative, U.S. hospitals have increased security to protect their electronic records, according to the fifth annual security survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Physician practices, however, have not been as progressive.
Chartrounds offers expert advice to radiation oncologists
December 19, 2012 -- Where can radiation oncologists working in community hospitals get advice or feedback about a treatment plan for a patient? If they have an Internet connection, they can join Chartrounds, a virtual networking site that links radiation therapy luminaries with any practicing radiation oncologist in the world.
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