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CMS, ONC officials preview new EHR incentive program
January 21, 2016 -- Though existing meaningful use regulations still remain in effect, the U.S. government plans to propose new regulations in the spring that will detail how the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program will transition to align with recent initiatives promoting value-based care.
Ambulatory EHR market continues expansion
January 19, 2016 -- Having already experienced significant expansion over the past five years, the U.S. market for ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) software will increase 30% by 2020, according to a new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
FDA releases new cybersecurity recommendations
January 18, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft guidance to aid medical device manufacturers in postmarket management of device cybersecurity.
CMS chief's comments hint meaningful use may be on life support
January 14, 2016 -- Will 2016 see the end of the U.S. government's meaningful use program? The acting head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated as much at a speech in San Francisco, in which he said the program to spur the adoption of healthcare IT was "effectively over."
Data analytics may help prevent patient no-shows for imaging
January 11, 2016 -- Missed patient appointments can significantly affect patient care and cost radiology departments millions in lost revenue. Data analytics may be able to help, however. Researchers have applied analytics to identify patients who are most at risk of missing appointments based on certain factors. Their findings may help decrease patient no-shows.
HIE cuts costs, but more savings may be possible
December 23, 2015 -- Health information exchange (HIE) systems may modestly lower costs by helping to avoid repeat imaging studies, but more savings could be realized by further reducing the number of repeated CT or MRI exams, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
GE makes big-data play with GE Health Cloud launch
November 29, 2015 -- GE Healthcare is taking advantage of this week's RSNA 2015 conference to launch GE Health Cloud, a new healthcare IT platform designed to enable medical facilities to perform data analytics and other functions more efficiently in the cloud.
CMS pushes back deadline for imaging decision support
November 11, 2015 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed its January 1, 2017, deadline for physicians to start ordering advanced imaging studies with clinical decision-support software that is based on appropriate use criteria.
Medical groups rebel against meaningful use HIT program
November 5, 2015 -- The American Medical Association and 110 other medical associations have asked U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the meaningful use program before physicians decide to no longer participate in the initiative, designed to spur the adoption of healthcare IT.
U.S. government finalizes meaningful use regulations
October 8, 2015 -- With the goal of making its meaningful use IT stimulus initiative simpler and more flexible for providers, the U.S. government has issued final rules for its incentive and certification program for electronic health record software.
Dig deep with data analytics to improve imaging quality
October 5, 2015 -- Sure, your radiology department tracks statistics such as report turnaround time and imaging volume. But is that enough? Not if you want to flourish in a future that emphasizes value over volume, according to a presentation at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium in New York City.
Big data needs human touch to work in healthcare
October 2, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Big data is widely thought to be the future of healthcare. But despite the awesome potential of computer intelligence, data analytics will fall short in medicine if it's not guided by human oversight and interpretation, according to a panel discussion at this week's Minds + Machines event hosted by GE Healthcare.
Yes, you can help prevent healthcare data breaches
September 1, 2015 -- Cybersecurity attacks have been plaguing a variety of industrial sectors, and healthcare is no exception. Of the 14 biggest healthcare data breaches, five occurred in 2015. But there's plenty that facilities can do to reduce their risk, according to a webinar conducted last week by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
IBM's bid for Merge shows allure of imaging big data
August 20, 2015 -- It doesn't take IBM's Watson artificial intelligence software to discern that the computing giant has big plans for its planned acquisition of PACS and imaging software firm Merge Healthcare. Indeed, IBM views medical imaging as a key element of its vision to transform healthcare with cognitive computing and analytics.
5 tips to drive adoption of patient portals in radiology
August 11, 2015 -- The establishment of patient portals has blurred the lines of what is considered to be appropriate doctor-patient communication outside of the medical office. Patients may be wary of portals, but DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner shares five tips for allaying their concerns and driving higher adoption.