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Study finds docs aren't 'gaming' decision-support software
August 8, 2013 -- Referring physicians sometimes don't like it when clinical decision-support software tells them they can't order an imaging exam. But how often do doctors enter inaccurate lab data to try to "game" the system to get the test they want? Not very often, if the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital is any indication.
Ditch your index cards: Web-based QA bolsters image quality
July 31, 2013 -- Quality assurance (QA) for imaging study acquisition can be a little challenging in the PACS era, but a Web-based reporting system for facilitating feedback between radiologists and technologists can get meaningful results, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Critical results notification system speeds timely results
July 29, 2013 -- A critical results notification system that combines software with a defined workflow for telephone communication can efficiently and reliably communicate critical results to referring clinicians, according to researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Software tool puts past radiology reports at your fingertips
July 25, 2013 -- Wouldn't it be great if while you're interpreting a set of images, you could simultaneously review a group of similar cases from previously reported studies? Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have developed just such a tool using open-source software.
What do I need to know about HL7?
July 25, 2013 -- During the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.
Software tool helps residents track report changes
July 19, 2013 -- Radiology residents may not always know what changes have been made to their preliminary reports by attending radiologists, potentially missing out on valuable educational opportunities. Software developed by a team from Johns Hopkins Hospital aims to close this communication gap.
Will CDA replace HL7 version 2 messaging?
July 18, 2013 -- CDA, or Clinical Document Architecture, is a new information exchange standard under HL7 that is mandated by the U.S. government's meaningful use program. In this article, radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech explains CDA and how it differs from previous HL7 standards on messaging.
Clinical validation advances SIIM's SWIM initiative
July 16, 2013 -- The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is trying to make it easier to compare quality between radiology sites by developing a lexicon of common terms for describing the workflow of a patient moving through an imaging facility. But how well does the SIIM Workflow Initiative in Medicine (SWIM) work in the real world?
Electronic health records trim outpatient radiology cost
July 16, 2013 -- Thanks in large part to reductions in ambulatory radiology spending, ambulatory electronic health records can slow the growth rate of outpatient care costs compared to traditional paper records, according to a pilot study published in the July 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
MDCT: Informatics can help evaluate CT image quality
June 18, 2013 -- Radiology has made great progress in the science of improving CT image quality and controlling radiation dose, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel. Imaging informatics can help put this science into clinical practice, he said on Monday at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in Washington, DC.
SIIM: CPOE for radiologists eases entry of scanner protocols
June 10, 2013 -- GRAPEVINE, TX - Computerized physician order-entry (CPOE) technology isn't just for referring physicians anymore. CPOE software can be used by radiologists to efficiently order the scanner protocols that carry out imaging studies, according to a presentation on Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
SIIM: Imaging informatics needs innovation, translation
June 6, 2013 -- GRAPEVINE, TX - The imaging informatics community must work together to innovate and then translate imaging IT advances into practice, said Dr. Bradley Erickson, PhD, in the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
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.
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