Decision-support tool slashes inappropriate heart imaging May 24, 2013 -- The use of physician decision-support software based on appropriateness criteria eliminated three-fourths of inappropriate imaging exams for evaluating coronary artery disease, according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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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.
The 8 RIS innovations you need now May 2, 2013 -- The radiology information system was one of the first digital software tools available in medical imaging. But as the rest of healthcare moves into the digital age, the good old RIS is looking long in the tooth. Here are eight innovations to keep your RIS up to date.
Decision support takes bite out of duplicate CT exams April 26, 2013 -- Clinical decision-support (CDS) software that alerts physicians if they are about to order a duplicate imaging exam was effective in tests conducted in Massachusetts. In an April 22 article in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reported that doctors who used CDS software had six times the rate of canceled CT exams.
ONC revokes certification of 2 EHRs approved for MU April 26, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revoked the certifications of two electronic health record (EHR) systems that were approved for the meaningful use (MU) electronic health incentive program.
Survey finds growth in use of department dashboards April 23, 2013 -- The use of dashboards to measure key radiology performance indicators is starting to proliferate, and a new study in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology offers insight into what academic radiology departments are doing.
ONC leaders talk turkey at HIMSS town hall meeting April 19, 2013 -- The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has ambitious plans for the meaningful use program. ONC head Dr. Farzad Mostashari and his team shared their goals at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
RAPTOR VA protocol software poised for takeoff March 29, 2013 -- After more than a year of laboratory development and testing, radiologists at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle are hopeful that software called RAPTOR designed to help manage medical imaging protocol selection and workflow will be authorized to move into a real-world pilot program.
AACR predicts 31% more cancer survivors in U.S. by 2022 March 27, 2013 -- The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to rise from 13.7 million as of January 2012 to 18 million by 2022. This 31% increase will represent a significant challenge to the healthcare system, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).