Sandy's silver lining: Hurricane creates impetus for change
September 19, 2014 -- NEW YORK CITY - Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophic event for New York City, but it did have a silver lining for NYU Langone Medical Center's radiology department. With help from informatics, the storm precipitated significant and lasting workflow and quality improvements, according to a Thursday talk at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
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Regulation should keep health IT safe without slowing innovation
September 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to revise its regulation of mobile medical apps reflects the rapidly changing world of medical software, according to Dr. David Hirschorn, who previews his upcoming presentation at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium on September 18.
Interstate medical licenses move ahead
September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
Software extracts ROI values on PACS viewers
August 18, 2014 -- Optical character recognition software can automatically and reliably capture region-of-interest (ROI) values from images displayed on PACS viewers, potentially yielding significant time savings for radiologists, according to research published online in Academic Radiology.
Siemens to sell Health Services to Cerner
August 6, 2014 -- Siemens Healthcare has agreed to sell its Health Services business to healthcare information systems firm Cerner for $1.3 billion in cash, transforming the face of healthcare IT by combining the two companies' workforces to become the largest provider in the field.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Will PACS survive?
July 31, 2014 -- I have been asked time and again if PACS can survive as its own health IT discipline, and I always answer, "Yes, it can." Will it survive, though, is another question entirely, and one that has no easy or clear-cut answer.
JAMA: Interstate medical licenses would boost telemedicine
July 29, 2014 -- A proposal that would make it easier for physicians to get medical licenses across state lines could potentially boost access to care in underserved areas and stimulate the growth of telemedicine, according to a column published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Decision support helps radiologists suggest follow-up imaging
July 28, 2014 -- Radiologists often discover incidental findings during image interpretation, but it's not always easy to ascertain which follow-up studies, if any, should be suggested. Decision-support software can be a huge help, according to Dr. Sanjay Saini of Massachusetts General Hospital.
AAPM: Radiomics helps fine-tune radiation therapy dose
July 24, 2014 -- By extracting statistical information and other measurements from PET images using a data analysis technique called radiomics, researchers have developed a way to determine radiation therapy dose more accurately, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
MedXT leverages consumer IT for cloud-based RIS/PACS
July 21, 2014 -- A number of imaging pundits over the years have wistfully wondered why advances in consumer-oriented information technologies aren't applied more broadly to imaging informatics. San Francisco start-up MedXT hopes to bridge that technology gap with its cloud-based RIS/PACS software.