Erik Ridley

Erik is senior editor at AuntMinnie.com and focuses on coverage of artificial intelligence and imaging informatics. He joined the website in 2000 and has 24 years of radiology journalism experience, including previous stints with Diagnostic Imaging magazine, Diagnostic Imaging Scan newsletter, and PACS and Networking News. Erik holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut.

Articles by this author
Referring physicians give thumbs up to PACS
June 11, 2002 -- Many of the benefits ascribed to PACS involve better service to referring physicians. But are clinicians truly ready for filmless radiology? If the experience of the Santa Barbara, CA-based Cottage Health System is any indication, the answer is a definite yes, according to Dr. Michael Trambert.  Discuss
McKesson bid for ALI highlights IS/PACS trend
May 28, 2002 -- With PACS seen increasingly as the imaging layer of an electronic patient record, it's no surprise that healthcare information systems vendors would want a piece of the action. The bid by HIS firm McKesson Information Solutions to acquire PACS provider ALI Technologies is the latest move in the melding of HIS and PACS.  Discuss
GE debuts Excite MR technology
May 21, 2002 -- GE Medical Systems has unveiled Excite, a new MRI technology designed to improve the image quality and processing abilities of its Infinity MR scanner. Excite features new microprocessor technology, more memory, and a new family of phased-array coils to improve image reception, according to the vendor.
Web-based image distribution to OR fits the bill
May 4, 2002 -- CLEVELAND - Providing digital image distribution to the OR can be a tricky operation due a lack of available space, the need for rapid turnaround of intraoperative imaging studies, and surgeons who can be difficult to please. But Web-based delivery of images to the operating room can be successful, according to a SCAR presentation Saturday.
ARA adopts PACS for service, competitive reasons
April 26, 2002 -- As the largest radiology group in the area, the Austin Radiological Association has built an enviable market position. To help keep it, the private-practice group decided to install a PACS network, which has improved productivity beyond all expectations.
Merge bids to acquire eFilm
April 17, 2002 -- PACS and connectivity provider Merge Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire Canadian PACS developer eFilm Medical, known primarily for its free workstation software.
From planning to PACS: A community hospital's journey
April 11, 2002 -- This is the first article in a regular AuntMinnie.com series tracking Bayonne Medical Center, a small community hospital in Bayonne, NJ, as it plans and implements an enterprise-wide PACS network.  Discuss
IDC bids for rebirth with new management, business plan
April 11, 2002 -- Canadian digital x-ray developer Imaging Dynamics is looking for a fresh start. The vendor has appointed a new CEO, changed its business plan, and is working to finalize a large venture capital investment.
IHE expands into new domains in Year 4
April 3, 2002 -- Having consolidated its early successes, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative is expanding rapidly in its fourth year. The IHE has recently added three new integration profiles, enhanced its scheduled workflow profile, and added more international activities.  Discuss
VirtuRad looks to broaden DR market with fee-per-use pricing
March 29, 2002 -- For small nonradiology medical offices, digital radiography systems are generally cost-prohibitive. But a Phoenix startup hopes to open up this market with a fee-per-use model for digital x-ray systems and Web-based PACS software.  Discuss