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ACR Select moves ahead with debut at RSNA 2012
December 18, 2012 -- If you were at RSNA 2012, you may have missed the small green booth along the edge of the South Building exhibit floor in McCormick Place. But ACR Select's debut RSNA appearance was an important harbinger of the progress the project is making in trying to solve the problem of inappropriate medical imaging utilization.
Survey confirms escalating use of EMRs/EHRs in U.S.
December 10, 2012 -- Nearly 75% of office-based physicians used an electronic medical or health record (EMR/EHR) system during 2012, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40% of these physicians have installed a basic system at their practice.
Adopting EMRs improves tracking of extravasation episodes
December 10, 2012 -- Adopting electronic medical records (EMRs) can help facilities improve their reporting of extravasation incidents that occur during contrast CT studies, researchers reported at the recent RSNA 2012 annual meeting.
Imaging IT offers bright spot in gloomy imaging industry
December 7, 2012 -- Exciting developments are under way in the imaging IT sector, which is benefiting from overall momentum in health IT. The segment has promising growth potential despite an overall slowdown in the medical imaging industry, according to analysis from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Mary's Musings: Head in the clouds at RSNA 2012
December 6, 2012 -- Not very long ago, it seems, I went to my first RSNA meeting. I was really impressed -- and I still am! Each year at RSNA, one gets a chance to peek ahead into the future: and ours is data. Data will allow us to step out of our black box of radiology and into our roles as physicians again.
Vendor-neutral archives offer imaging IT market opportunity
December 6, 2012 -- Vendor-neutral archives have been adopted by just one-third of the U.S. hospital market, according to a new report by healthcare technology and consulting firm CapSite. The many facilities that have not yet adopted the technology create a prime target for vendors in the imaging IT sector.
Survey: Mobile devices expected to improve patient care
December 5, 2012 -- Healthcare IT professionals increasingly expect that the use of mobile devices will improve access to patient data and transform healthcare delivery in the U.S., according to a new survey from HIMSS Analytics.
Radiologists must exploit IT to secure their future: Part 2
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - To recapture their role as the "doctor's doctor," radiologists must be value innovators, said Dr. Paul Chang of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Advances in information technology will be crucial for the specialty to demonstrate value and avoid commoditization.
Errors in reports are a 'sleeping giant of a problem'
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Errors due to voice recognition software are a "sleeping giant of a problem," a radiologist said during a question and answer session at RSNA on Tuesday afternoon. In any one line of his dictation, there's a 52% chance there will be an error, he added.
Radiologists must exploit IT to secure their future: Part 1
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Although healthcare reform and alternatives to the traditional fee-for-service model pose challenges to radiology, advances in information technology can help radiologists clearly demonstrate their value in patient care, according to Dr. Keith Dreyer, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Standardized workflow lexicon project SWIMs toward completion
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Optimizing workflow is a universal goal of any radiology department. Dashboards keep managers abreast of what's happening, but making comparisons is difficult because a standardized workflow lexicon doesn't exist. This will change with SWIM, according to a Monday scientific session at the RSNA meeting.
GE unites PACS and 3D, quiets MRI scans, shows ABUS at RSNA
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A variety of new technology is on display in the RSNA booth of GE Healthcare, ranging from an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) scanner to MRI noise reduction techniques. The vendor will also highlight new image viewing software that unifies its PACS and advanced visualization applications into a single viewing platform.
Meaningful use is achievable for academic radiology practices
November 26, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Should a U.S. academic radiology practice participate in the "meaningful use" initiative? An academic hospital with a program in place could provide significant benefits, but without it, there will be hurdles, according to a Sunday afternoon refresher course at the RSNA annual meeting.
International survey shows increase in healthcare IT utilization
November 16, 2012 -- Primary care physicians around the world have been investing in health information technology, a 10-country survey sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund has found. Changes in health system performance will be critical to healthcare reform, according to the findings published in Health Affairs.
Speech recognition systems could detect signs of user stress
November 9, 2012 -- Many radiologists feel that speech recognition dictation systems -- one of the cornerstones of digital efficiency -- were thrust upon them. While the systems had the potential to dramatically reduce radiology report turnaround time and operating costs, their use has been burdensome to many radiologists by decreasing their productivity.
Radiation concerns broaden beyond CT in ECRI 2013 hazards list
November 6, 2012 -- Medical imaging radiation once again made the list of the ECRI Institute's top 10 rankings of technology hazards for 2013. But this year, the nonprofit group expanded the category from just CT to include a broader range of imaging-related radiation hazards.
Storing documents in PACS or RIS is a bad idea
October 25, 2012 -- Managing documents is not a new issue, as document management systems were in place long before and have existed in parallel with PACS and other department information systems, according to a new column by PACS education expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Study finds EHRs improve care in ambulatory care practices
October 10, 2012 -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians with ambulatory care practices in New York's Hudson Valley improved patient care compared with those who used paper records, according to a study published online October 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
GOP House leaders criticize, ask for halt to stage 2 MU
October 5, 2012 -- Republican leaders of the congressional committees in the U.S. House of Representatives overseeing health issues criticized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about stage 2 meaningful use (MU) criteria for the adoption of electronic records, and asked that incentive payments be suspended.
Statewide imaging repository takes off in Australia
September 28, 2012 -- Although technically and financially challenging, making a patient's radiology images and records accessible to any physician who needs them is intrinsic to the concept of digital radiology. In Australia, the state of New South Wales is making this happen.
HIMSS promotes need for national patient ID study
September 25, 2012 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has recommended to the U.S. Congress that it should conduct a study to identify an appropriate nationwide patient data matching strategy.
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