Key to clinician interaction? Location, location, location May 16, 2013 -- Want more personal interaction with your referring physicians? Try moving your reading rooms out of the basement and into clinical areas. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that such "embedded" reading rooms resulted in a big jump in personal visits from clinicians.
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Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT May 13, 2013 -- The opening of the Saudi Health meeting this week 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.
Weeds, trees, or forest: What's your PACS admin level? May 2, 2013 -- If you're a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional managing your facility's PACS, chances are you're either down in the weeds, up in the trees, or out in the forest, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting in Philadelphia.
Radiologists prefer CAD with fewer clicks April 24, 2013 -- Radiologists prefer computer-aided detection (CAD) software that gives them necessary information with the fewest clicks possible and is closely integrated with PACS, rather than applications that require multiple manual steps to interrogate data, according to a team of German researchers.
Top 10 things to consider when replacing your PACS April 24, 2013 -- Many institutions are at a point where they need to replace their PACS. Whether this process is undertaken with a new or current PACS vendor, it's a perfect opportunity to redesign the system's architecture to prepare for the future, according to Herman Oosterwijk of PACS consulting firm OTech.
NCBC: Cloud-based image sharing enhances breast care March 27, 2013 -- Cloud-based image sharing improves care at breast centers while also reducing costs, according to a presentation on Tuesday at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference in Las Vegas.
Breast tomosynthesis challenges digital imaging infrastructure March 21, 2013 -- While the advent of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in the U.S. has added an exciting weapon to the breast imaging armamentarium, these new capabilities have also led to significant image management challenges. DBT adopters need to be aware of and plan for issues such as large file sizes and proprietary file formats.
Vendor-neutral archives can save money, add efficiency March 20, 2013 -- PHILADELPHIA - Vendor-neutral archives can save millions over a traditional PACS storage model, while improving efficiency across a healthcare enterprise, according to a March 18 presentation at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting.
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.
Imaging Interoperability: Part 2 -- The 3 flavors of VNA March 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the second in a two-part series on imaging interoperability from Jonathan Shoemaker and Jef Williams of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In Part 2, the authors present the key factors that best leverage the functionality of a true VNA.