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SIIM 2013 aims to bring innovation to clinical practice
June 4, 2013 -- The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting comes to Grapevine, TX, this week with a full program and exhibition to draw imaging informatics enthusiasts to the Lone Star State. AuntMinnie.com spoke with program committee chair Katherine Andriole, PhD, to get a preview.
Study finds EHRs don't always show clinical utility
June 4, 2013 -- Adopting an electronic health record (EHR) doesn't necessarily lead to better management of patient populations, according to research published in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Decision-support tool slashes inappropriate heart imaging
May 24, 2013 -- The use of physician decision-support software based on appropriateness criteria eliminated three-fourths of inappropriate imaging exams for evaluating coronary artery disease, according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 13, 2013 -- The recent Saudi Health meeting highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
The 8 RIS innovations you need now
May 2, 2013 -- The radiology information system was one of the first digital software tools available in medical imaging. But as the rest of healthcare moves into the digital age, the good old RIS is looking long in the tooth. Here are eight innovations to keep your RIS up to date.
Decision support takes bite out of duplicate CT exams
April 26, 2013 -- Clinical decision-support (CDS) software that alerts physicians if they are about to order a duplicate imaging exam was effective in tests conducted in Massachusetts. In an April 22 article in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reported that doctors who used CDS software had six times the rate of canceled CT exams.
ONC revokes certification of 2 EHRs approved for MU
April 26, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revoked the certifications of two electronic health record (EHR) systems that were approved for the meaningful use (MU) electronic health incentive program.
Survey finds growth in use of department dashboards
April 23, 2013 -- The use of dashboards to measure key radiology performance indicators is starting to proliferate, and a new study in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology offers insight into what academic radiology departments are doing.
ONC leaders talk turkey at HIMSS town hall meeting
April 19, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has ambitious plans for the meaningful use program. ONC head Dr. Farzad Mostashari and his team shared their goals at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
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.
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