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Radiology IT staff resolves sonography workflow problems
September 3, 2012 -- When budgetary constraints prevented a radiology department in Taiwan from purchasing a new RIS to resolve serious patient scheduling and exam workflow issues, the PACS IT team stepped up to the challenge, creating an effective, low-cost workflow management system.
New open-source software could improve breast cancer management
August 31, 2012 -- MONTREAL - A new software suite is being developed in the Canadian Atlantic provinces that could make patient management and imaging resource use more efficient, not only in that region but in the rest of the world. Information on the system was presented this week at the 2012 World Cancer Congress.
CMS releases final rule for stage 2 meaningful use
August 23, 2012 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for stage 2 meaningful use, which now includes the viewing of medical images as a menu item in the U.S. government's healthcare IT stimulus program.
IT plays major QA role in Canadian prostate brachytherapy
August 6, 2012 -- Prostate brachytherapy offers convenience and lower cost for cancer patients who clinically qualify for the treatment, but the success of patient outcomes relies on maintaining rigorous quality assurance (QA). Healthcare IT makes this task easier, according to an article published online in Brachytherapy.
Vigilance is crucial for radiology quality control
August 3, 2012 -- A quality control management system can yield important benefits for radiology departments. But long-term success requires ongoing monitoring of its use and training, according to research from the University of Maryland Health System.
Radiation exposure extraction tools enable dose monitoring, QA
July 26, 2012 -- The digitization of radiology has made the concept of efficient, cost-effective data mining possible, while the development of informatics tools is making such activity realistic. Two articles in the August issue of Radiology describe tools to extract radiation dose data.
Structured radiology reports reduce error rate
July 20, 2012 -- It's assumed that implementing structured reports in a radiology department has a number of benefits, including consistency and understandability of content, more complete reports, increased workflow efficiency, and fewer errors. But how valid are these assumptions?
ACR Select could lead to national guidelines for ordering exams
July 18, 2012 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) began publishing evidence-based guidelines relating to the appropriateness of ordering imaging exams almost 20 years ago. This year, its goal is to make the ACR Appropriateness Criteria the de facto national standard by commercializing them as a clinical decision-support system.
EMR improves review of cancer patients' portal images
July 10, 2012 -- Physicians are more likely to view portal images via an electronic medical record (EMR) rather than on x-ray films, potentially leading to better care for patients receiving radiation therapy, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Automated radiologist peer review offers workflow benefits
July 3, 2012 -- Installing an automated radiologist peer-review system that is integrated with a PACS network has many benefits, such as improved workflow and data tracking. But radiology departments may still face challenges in getting radiologists to actually use the system.
Despite challenges, ACR Dose Index Registry makes progress
July 2, 2012 -- What's the average radiation dose of a CT scan performed in the U.S.? How do your exam protocols compare with the norm? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you're not alone. But don't worry: Help is coming in the form of the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Dose Index Registry.
SIIM: How to add clinical decision support -- and make it stick
June 10, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The key to success for implementing clinical decision support with computerized physician order-entry systems for diagnostic imaging is based on three key principles, according to a presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM: Kinect estimates patient size for better dose management
June 9, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - Microsoft's Kinect video game controller is being used to estimate body habitus of patients, with the goal of developing more accurate dose estimates tailored to individuals. A project still in its earliest stages captivated attendees on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
SIIM: Radiology providers should not ignore social media
June 8, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - No matter what opinion a radiologist has of social media, it's becoming an intrinsic communication tool. Creative use of social media can strengthen the visibility of a radiology department, attendees were told on Thursday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Confused about cybersecurity? Resources are here to help
June 8, 2012 -- As the healthcare industry ramps up its adoption of electronic health records, and radiologists increasingly add mobile devices and cloud archiving to their digital mix, questions about the security of digital data should escalate. Just how safe and impenetrable are imaging data?
SIIM: Millennial Generation eyes future of medical imaging
June 7, 2012 -- ORLANDO, FL - The Millennial Generation has brought us Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. What if that same vision were applied to imaging informatics? That question was explored this morning in the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
Data repository tracks radiation exposure in nuclear medicine
June 1, 2012 -- Spurred by the recent emphasis on reducing radiation exposure, researchers in Boston have developed a way to create a data repository from nuclear medicine reports to better facilitate patient-specific monitoring of radiation dose, according to a study published online May 24 in Radiology.
Incomplete abdominal US documentation leads to income loss
May 30, 2012 -- Incomplete documentation in abdominal ultrasound reports is common and contributes to loss of revenue at many practices, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
VA issues report on security for mobile devices
May 25, 2012 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General has published the findings of its investigation into allegations that the organization was circumventing security requirements for Apple mobile devices.
Critical test results: Make every effort to communicate
May 15, 2012 -- Communication breakdown for critical test results is an important healthcare issue that can negatively affect patient safety, said Dr. Jonathan Berlin in a May 15 presentation at RADExpo 2012: Spring PACS Symposium, an AuntMinnie.com virtual conference.
Structured reports offer myriad benefits to radiology
May 15, 2012 -- TORONTO - The use of structured reports in radiology will allow the uncomplicated retrieval of pertinent information for referring physicians, opening up many potential applications, according to a talk at the Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology conference.
Decision-support software reduces emergency CT orders by 10%
May 11, 2012 -- A decision-support software tool that requires emergency department physicians to explain why they are ordering CT scans reduced the number of abdominal studies being performed at a Philadelphia hospital by 10%, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in Chicago.
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