Straight Talk From the PACSman: Radiology at HIMSS 2014 March 3, 2014 -- If anyone ever questioned the power the IT department wields in the healthcare environment, the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando, FL, last week dispelled each and every one of those doubts. In two words, IT rules, according to the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo.
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HIMSS: IT service models ease shift of PACS to enterprise IT February 26, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - Moving control of imaging informatics from radiology to enterprise IT can spark a real culture clash. However, IT service models used by chief information officers outside of healthcare can help smooth this transition, according to a talk at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
HIMSS: Cleveland Clinic tells VNA success story February 24, 2014 -- ORLANDO, FL - When the Cleveland Clinic moved to a vendor-neutral archive (VNA), it realized a wide range of advantages, not the least of which was improved access to images -- both radiology and nonradiology -- through the electronic medical record, according to a presentation on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
Teleradiology supports local radiologists, hospitals, patients February 18, 2014 -- Teleradiology has come under fire in recent years as a threat to local radiology groups. But teleradiology when used properly should be seen as a tool for delivering better patient care more efficiently, rather than as a competitor to local groups, according to Dr. John Feole of Strategic Imaging Consultants.
Saudi hospital boots old PACS for new network February 16, 2014 -- Faced with rapid growth and an obsolete PACS, a large hospital in Saudi Arabia decided to replace its nearly 10-year-old PACS with a new network from another vendor. The job was easier said than done, but it did get done thanks to a proactive team that planned for technical glitches and human roadblocks at every turn.
Integrated reading rooms enhance value of radiology February 14, 2014 -- It's no secret that radiologists need to increase their visibility with referring physicians if they want to ensure the future health of their specialty. One way to do that is by integrating radiology reading rooms into clinical areas, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
Workload analysis helps enable subspecialized reading February 10, 2014 -- Does your health system want to take your subspecialized image reading in-house around the clock, but you're not sure if you have the staff? Check out the case of one New Jersey health system, which was able to centralize 24/7 subspecialized reading after performing a comprehensive workload analysis.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Times, they are a-changin' February 6, 2014 -- PACS has become an integral part of the healthcare landscape, with digital image management installed in some form in nearly every hospital in the U.S. and in many facilities overseas. However, the complexion of the PACS market has changed dramatically over the past few years.
In PACS, the sum may not always be better than the parts January 24, 2014 -- Purchasing a turnkey PACS can be expensive. However, it's now feasible to buy individual components such as viewing software and vendor-neutral archives to save money and build a system that best meets your needs, according to researchers from Montefiore Medical Center.
Levin: Radiology groups must retool to fend off telerad firms January 21, 2014 -- The rise of teleradiology has led to the displacement of many radiology groups from long-standing relationships with hospitals. But it doesn't have to be that way if radiology groups can retool to become more competitive with teleradiology firms, according to Dr. David C. Levin.