HIMSS panel takes balanced view of ASP model
February 8, 2001 -- NEW ORLEANS - One of the most-hyped developments in digital image management over the past year has been the rise of the application service provider (ASP) model. But ASPs may not be for everyone, and facilities considering the ASP approach should do their homework first, according to a panel of experts at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting.
IT veteran offers advice on real-world HIPAA implementation
February 7, 2001 -- NEW ORLEANS - HIPAA presentations are packed to capacity at this week’s Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society meeting, as healthcare IT experts look for ways to create workable policies under the new law. Attendees got what they came for in a presentation by Rita Aikins of Provident Health Systems, who spent two years learning the true meaning of HIPAA compliance.
Harkin will introduce bill to raise screening mammography payments
February 6, 2001 -- Legislation to raise Medicare payments for mammography screening could be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as next week, according to a spokesman for the bill's principal sponsor, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). The legislation will also address a shortage of qualified mammography technologists.
IHE looks for more participation by HIS vendors, other specialties
February 6, 2001 -- NEW ORLEANS - Now in its second year of demonstrations, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative has already improved workflow and systems integration. But as the joint project of the RSNA and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society enters year three, it hopes to expand the IHE model to other medical specialties.
Point-of-service coding ties payment to treatment
February 5, 2001 -- PHOENIX - Payment for healthcare services in the U.S. depends on the complex and unforgiving task of procedure coding. A presentation Friday at the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators Changing Workforce conference offered a strategy called point-of-service coding that promises to increase compliance as well as paid claims.
Real-time color-flow MRI maps muscle motion
February 2, 2001 -- Researchers at Stanford's Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory have been fine-tuning a technique known as real-time color flow MRI. Originally developed five years ago to study cardiac motion and blood flow, the technique has been modified to track the slower velocities seen in skeletal muscle motion. Click through to see the QuickTime movie.
Rural telemedicine network digitizes film on the cheap
February 1, 2001 -- A lack of funding in many imaging centers has forced administrators to be creative when it comes to capital acquisitions. In the rural Southwestern U.S., clinics connected to telemedicine networks have turned to digital camera technology as an innovative solution to equipment budget constraints.
Histograms: the next step towards rapid tumor measurement?
January 31, 2001 -- Precise tumor volume measurement is critical in cancer therapy, but most measurement techniques are still slow and labor-intensive. Now researchers at the University of Chicago say histograms may be accurate enough to help bridge the gap between today's manual measurements and the fully automated future.
Auto spot compression mammography could aid imaging of dense breast tissue
January 30, 2001 -- Investigators from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor are working on an automated spot compression mammography technique that could take the guesswork out of imaging women with dense breasts.
High demand for image-guided procedures strains interventional radiologists
January 29, 2001 -- The rising demand for nonvascular image-guided procedures has become a mixed blessing for interventional radiologists at one facility. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a 10-year review of their department’s database to assess trends in interventional imaging.