PACS firms unite as Merge buys DR Systems
February 27, 2015 -- One of the oldest names in imaging informatics is going by the wayside as PACS firm DR Systems has been acquired by Merge Healthcare. While the DR Systems name will be retired as part of the deal, founder and CEO Dr. Murray Reicher has been named chief medical officer of Merge.
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ESR, ACR teleradiology white papers put patient first
February 26, 2015 -- The teleradiology white papers of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and American College of Radiology (ACR) differ in some respects, but they both stress the importance of always keeping the patient's needs first and foremost.
Radiology IT downtimes are common, but not usually serious
February 25, 2015 -- Interruptions to radiology department workflow due to IT network downtimes are common, but most are easily fixable, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The findings are good news for radiology practices trying to integrate different IT systems into a unified reading environment.
Clinical decision support can aid inpatient imaging
February 6, 2015 -- Incorporating point-of-care clinical decision support into a computerized physician order-entry system can yield a modest improvement in the appropriateness of advanced imaging orders in the inpatient setting, according to a study published online January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: The American Way
February 4, 2015 -- I grew up in the Superman era -- mostly watching reruns, but I couldn't wait to see the latest adventures of Superman each week. I always wanted to be like Clark Kent, the "mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper," so I could fight the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way.
Report from IRIA 2015: Teleradiology begins at home
February 4, 2015 -- Dr. Saurabh Jha's passage to India continues in this article about teleradiology in the world's most populous democracy. While U.S. radiologists fear the specter of Indian radiologists flooding the market with low-cost interpretations, a chat with Indian teleradiology pioneer Dr. Sumer Sethi reveals that such fears couldn't be further from the truth.
Mobile App Spotlight: RadsBest
February 2, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at RadsBest: Fast Decision Support for Radiologists, an iOS app that offers a number of features aimed at helping radiologists improve the quality, usefulness, and consistency of their reports.
Brazil team finds WhatsApp suitable for reviewing bone fractures
January 30, 2015 -- WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular instant messaging apps for smartphones today. But it's not just for chatting or sharing videos and photos: It can also be used as a diagnostic tool for viewing certain types of CT scans and radiographs, according to a study from Brazil.
Health information exchange cuts repeat imaging studies
January 23, 2015 -- While image sharing via health information exchange systems has yet to achieve widespread adoption, the experience of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization in New York shows that it can be worth the effort, yielding quantifiable reductions in repeat imaging studies.
What's in a name? Vague image header info complicates sharing
January 12, 2015 -- It's hard to find any institution that enjoys relying on CDs for image sharing purposes, but is everyone doing their part to usher in the new era of electronic image transmission? If research from MD Anderson Cancer Center is any indication, it doesn't appear that way.