CDs still prevail for giving patients access to images
June 13, 2019 -- The compact disc (CD) has increasingly become an obsolete form of storage that's no longer readily accessible by many computers. However, most hospitals still rely on this archaic medium to provide patients with copies of their imaging studies, according to research published online June 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
The value of the CIIP: Part 4 -- Interoperability
May 28, 2019 -- In theory, interoperability in health imaging opens the door to a wide range of advantages for practices and patients. In part 4 of his series, Luke Bideaux explains how the specialized skill sets of a certified imaging informatics professional (CIIP) can help organizations achieve interoperability goals and stay connected in today's digital healthcare environment.  Discuss
SMRT: EMR confers many benefits to MRI workflow
May 13, 2019 -- MONTREAL - The electronic medical record (EMR) is making inroads into radiology, presenting workflow challenges that may not have been present in the era when PACS was king. But the EMR also presents workflow benefits, specifically for MRI, according to a Sunday talk at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) annual meeting.  Discuss
ARRS: PACS upgrade slashes image reading time
May 6, 2019 -- Sometimes, little things make a big difference. Pennsylvania researchers improved the efficiency of their radiologists by tweaking their PACS software to look for prior imaging exams with more specific search criteria, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Honolulu.  Discuss
Do hospitals really need (radiology) PACS?
May 6, 2019 -- Are radiology PACS still necessary for hospitals? Imaging informatics expert Kyle Henson thinks that the era of hospital-based PACS networks for radiology images may be over. Find out why in this new column.  Discuss
How will PACS evolve over the next decade?
April 22, 2019 -- PACS has evolved over the past 35 years, and the next decade will be no different. The next generation of PACS technology will be driven by trends such as enterprise imaging, workflow, and artificial intelligence, according to this new column by Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.  Discuss
The value of the CIIP: Part 3 -- Radiologist support
April 9, 2019 -- The healthcare industry trend to consolidate enterprise IT support can result in unmet departmental needs and increased costs if subject matter experts aren't available to help clinicians. In the third installment of his article series, certified imaging informatics professional (CIIP) Luke Bideaux shows how a CIIP's skills in radiologist support can positively affect operational outcomes and help avoid costly system overhauls.  Discuss
CDS reduces inappropriate imaging in the ED
March 29, 2019 -- Inappropriate orders for advanced imaging in the emergency department (ED) decrease when hospitals use clinical decision-support (CDS) tools, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
The value of the CIIP: Part 2 -- Workflow optimization
March 20, 2019 -- If utilized correctly, certified imaging informatics professionals (CIIPs) can be tremendously valuable to imaging practices. In the second of a new series of articles, CIIP Luke Bideaux shows how a CIIP's skills in workflow optimization can yield significant cost savings and help to alleviate radiologist burnout.  Discuss
Mobile App Spotlight: Rads Consult
March 18, 2019 -- presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Rads Consult, created to assist referring physicians in appropriately ordering imaging studies, Rads Consult is a radiology-specific clinical decision support (CDS) tool designed for use on mobile devices.  Discuss