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.
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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.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 2
September 23, 2015 -- To keep or not to keep? The question of whether or not to retain the markings produced by mammography computer-aided detection software to highlight suspicious findings could have important medicolegal implications, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 1
September 22, 2015 -- NEW YORK CITY - Who really "owns" medical images? And why isn't image compression used more often? These are a few of the questions addressed by Dr. Eliot Siegel in a talk on Monday at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium, which we're covering in a two-part series on medicolegal concerns in PACS.
Structured reporting improves quality of MRI reports
September 10, 2015 -- While some traditions should be valued and retained, the old standard free-text radiology report might not be one of them. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a structured reporting template yielded a significant improvement in the quality of MRI reports for the crucial task of staging rectal cancer.
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).
SaferMD helps radiologists reduce malpractice risk
September 1, 2015 -- If you belong to a forward-thinking radiology practice, chances are you're already using critical test results management (CTRM) software to notify physicians of unexpected findings. But are you really using CTRM right? Fortunately, SaferMD can help you find out.
Managing critical results without pulling out your hair
August 28, 2015 -- If you're a radiologist, communicating important radiologic findings to referring physicians can be one of the most challenging aspects of your job. Critical test results management software can help, according to Dr. David Hirschorn of Staten Island University Hospital, who describes how it works at his facility.
iPhone works well in a pinch for cardiovascular emergencies
August 26, 2015 -- Cardiovascular emergencies such as acute aortic syndromes need to be diagnosed quickly. Fortunately, mobile devices such as the iPhone can be used for on-the-go diagnosis and triage of patients with these life-threatening conditions, according to an article published online August 3 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.